|Birthdate||May 28, 1990|
|Birth Place||Dublin, Ireland|
|Record||Won 17 / Lost 1 / Drawn 1 / 8 KO's|
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Born in Dublin, Ireland but practically raised in Spain, Jamie Kavanagh is the product of a melting pot of influences that sees him able to converse fluently in English or Spanish as well as box or bang in the boxing ring, where he plans on becoming a world champion in the coming years.
Kavanagh is a natural in the truest sense of the word. Few individuals in any sport have received as many national and international accolades at such a young age. Walking into the Crumlin Boxing gym at the tender age of 10 and beginning to compete at the age of 11, Jamie has racked up over 180 wins in his amateur career, while losing only twelve bouts. From the years 2001 to 2009, Jamie has attained no less than 14 Irish national titles and six international titles.
In 2001 at age 11, Jamie began a six-year reign as the Dublin Regional gold medal champion (in the Cadet, Junior and Senior categories). The following year in 2002 as well as in 2003, Jamie won Cadet Gold as the national Irish champion. In 2006, Jamie won again in the Cadet and Junior categories, this time earning silver medals at the national Irish championship. That same year, at age 16, Jamie was a finalist in the Irish senior national championship, losing to a countryman who went on to compete in the Olympics. The following year, however, Jamie went on to win gold again at the Irish national championship in the senior division.
His medal tally in international competition has been just as impressive. In his third year of boxing at the age of 13, Jamie picked up a gold medal at the Four Nation Championships, competing against athletes from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Also in 2003, Jamie won silver in the Round Robin Championship (with England, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Ukraine and Lithuania competing). Two years later, Jamie won a silver medal in the Four Nation Championship (England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales). Then, in 2006 and 2007, Jamie attained gold medals in the Round Robin Championship (against competitors England, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Ukraine and Lithuania).
His amateur career culminated in 2007, becoming the silver medalist at the Amateur International Boxing Association’s (A.I.B.A.) World Championships, defeating the then current European champion 8-0, losing only to the Cuban competitor and current World Amateur Champion, Frank Izla.
Currently trained by the renowned Freddie Roach, along with his amateur trainer Sedano Ruiz, Kavanagh made his professional debut at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on May 15, 2010, impressively halting William Ware in two rounds, and fight fans are already onboard the bandwagon to see more of “The Nuisance” in action.
In June, he moved to 2-0 with a four round win over Luis Sanchez, and he added another win to his ledger in September by defeating Ricardo Malfavon over four rounds.
Eager to begin his own journey to the pound-for-pound list, Jamie Kavanagh will have Irish eyes smiling upon him as he represents the Emerald Isle in the coming years.