|Birthdate||September 17, 1980|
|Birth Place||Jesus del Monte, Mexico|
|Resides||La Habra, California|
|Record||Won 34 / Lost 9 / Drawn 0 / 22 KO's|
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If you look strictly at wins and losses, exciting contender Enrique Ornelas may have been tempted to put his athletic talents to use elsewhere. As young amateur boxers, Ornelas and his older brother, fellow contender Librado Andrade, lost more than they won. At least Ornelas can laugh about it now.
“We each had 15 amateur fights and I think we won five,” remembered Ornelas. “My coach would always tell us that we weren’t amateur boxers because we took our time. So he said, ‘you guys are never gonna win.’”
Born in Jesus del Monte Guanajuato, Mexico, but currently living in La Habra, California, Ornelas, who started boxing at the age of seven, wound up leaving the sport to concentrate on high school, where he played football and wrestled.
“We never looked at boxing as making a living,” he admits. “It was just one of our dreams. When we were in high school we did all the other stuff because we were in high school and just wanted to try it, but boxing was our way to live.”
Soon, he was a state champion in wrestling with college scholarship offers waiting for him, but he turned the offers down, deciding to follow his heart into the boxing ring.
“When I was in my senior year, a lot of people told me that I should keep wrestling, but I never had a passion for it,” said Ornelas.
At 18, Ornelas went back to the boxing gym and he hasn’t looked back, turning pro with a four round decision win over Rigoberto Placencia on October 7, 1999 and going on to compile an impressive record that has included the WBC Youth super middleweight title and a series of exciting wins against high quality opposition.
In 2007 he made his move on the world scene. In August of that year, he lost a controversial split decision to former World Champion Bronco McKart, but then rebounded four months later by stopping McKart in five rounds to win the NABF middleweight title. On February 22, 2008, Ornelas defended his crown for the first time with a seventh round stoppage of ‘The Contender’s’ Norberto Bravo.
Back in action five months later, on July 4, Ornelas stepped back between the ropes and took out the tough Daryl Salmon in just two rounds and looked to move one step closer to a world title shot when he battled hard-hitting Marco Antonio Rubio in a WBC title elimination bout on October 18, 2008, but fell short via a disputed 12 round split decision.
He returned in style on July 30, 2009 though, halting Roberto Baro in four rounds with a devastating body attack. He will face his biggest test to date on December 2, when he enters the light heavyweight division to face future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins.
Win or lose, Ornelas insists that like life, boxing is a day by day process.
“Boxing is like putting down blocks, step by step,” said Ornelas. “Day by day, whatever comes on that day, we make it our best.”