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Georgia native Justin DeLoach is a 6-foot-1 specimen blessed with both power and acumen. Once a 154-pound prospect, he is now campaigning at welterweight, where this size and experience will be a factor. Read Bio
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It's a story of redemption on this week's podcast as Warren, the former world bantamweight champion, and welterweight contender DeLoach discuss their ring return.
Former 130-pound titleholder from Dominican Republic drops 140-pound contender four times en route to a lopsided decision victory on PBC on FS1 Saturday in Mississippi.
Justin DeLoach Fights
WIN vs Livan Navarro 11-0-0
Aug 22, 2020 • Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA
Livan Navarro LOSES to Justin DeLoach by KO in Round 1 of 10
LOSS vs Terrel Williams 18-1-0
Apr 27, 2019 • Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Terrel Williams WINS against Justin DeLoach by SD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Michael Ogundo 15-9-0
Nov 03, 2018 • Paine College, Augusta, Georgia, USA
Justin DeLoach WINS against Michael Ogundo by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Michael Odhiambo 15-9-0
Nov 03, 2018 • Paine College, Augusta, Georgia, USA
Justin DeLoach WINS against Michael Odhiambo by UD in Round 8 of 8
Loss vs Jeison Rosario 14-1-1
May 26, 2018 • Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
Justin DeLoach LOSES to Jeison Rosario by UD in Round 10 of 10
Loss vs Nathaniel Gallimore 18-1-1
Jul 30, 2017 • Rabobank Theater, Bakersfield, California, USA
Justin DeLoach LOSES to Nathaniel Gallimore by RTD in Round 5 of 10
Win vs Christopher Pearson 17-2-0
Feb 24, 2017 • Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA
Justin DeLoach WINS against Christopher Pearson by KO in Round 2 of 10
WIN vs Domonique Dolton 22-3-1
Sep 16, 2016 • Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Domonique Dolton LOSES to Justin DeLoach by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Junior Castillo 14-1-0
Jun 25, 2016 • Scottish Rite Auditorium, San Antonio
Justin DeLoach WINS against Junior Castillo by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Dillon Cook 16-0-0
Mar 25, 2016 • Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, USA
Justin DeLoach WINS against Dillon Cook by KO in Round 4 of 8
Win vs Santos Benavides 25-8-2
Dec 12, 2015 • AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Justin DeLoach WINS against Santos Benavides by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Todd Manuel 10-8-1
Oct 06, 2015 • Cowboys Dance Hall, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Justin DeLoach WINS against Todd Manuel by TKO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Rick Graham 3-7-2
Jul 18, 2015 • Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas, USA
Justin DeLoach WINS against Rick Graham by UD in Round 6 of 6
Loss vs Cesar Vila 7-2-0
Feb 06, 2015 • Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
Justin DeLoach LOSES to Cesar Vila by TKO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Joshua Snyder 9-9-1
Oct 08, 2014 • Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
Justin DeLoach WINS against Joshua Snyder by TKO in Round 5 of 6
Win vs Thomas Allen 2-5-0
Aug 07, 2014 • American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Justin DeLoach WINS against Thomas Allen by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Leshon Sims 5-16-0
Apr 18, 2014 • Illusions Theater, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Justin DeLoach WINS against Leshon Sims by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs German Valdez 3-2-1
Feb 10, 2014 • Cowboys Dance Hall, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Justin DeLoach WINS against German Valdez by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Robert Gene Hill Jr 1-1-0
Nov 16, 2013 • Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, USA
Justin DeLoach WINS against Robert Gene Hill Jr by KO in Round 3 of 4
Win vs Carl Hill 1-7-0
Sep 07, 2013 • Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Justin DeLoach WINS against Carl Hill by KO in Round 3 of 4
Win vs Kelvin Medley 1-0-0
Jul 19, 2013 • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Justin DeLoach WINS against Kelvin Medley by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Jonathan Olivera 0-0-0
Jun 01, 2013 • BB&t Center, Sunrise, Florida, USA
Justin DeLoach WINS against Jonathan Olivera by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Martin Gonzalez 1-1-0
Apr 13, 2013 • American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Justin DeLoach WINS against Martin Gonzalez by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Saul Fernandez 0-0-0
Mar 09, 2013 • The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California, USA
Justin DeLoach WINS against Saul Fernandez by KO in Round 3 of 4
Justin DeLoach Bio
Georgia native Justin DeLoach is a 6-foot-1 specimen blessed with both power and acumen. Once a 154-pound prospect, he is now campaigning at welterweight, where this size and experience will be a factor.
‘The Chosen One’ Visualizes, Pursues Dreams
Justin DeLoach began his pugilistic career at the age of 8 under then-director Tom Moraetas at the Augusta Boxing Club. He earned a National Silver Gloves title as a 13-year-old, appeared in the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships and compiled an amateur record of 41-5.
Moraetas later reached out to trainer Ronnie Shields, whose world champions have included Charlo twins, Jermell and Jermall, Erislandy Lara, Evander Holyfield and Vernon Forrest.
Shields agreed to work with DeLoach after witnessing his skills at his Houston Texas-based, Plex Boxing Gym.
“When I was young, my mother used to rock me when I was a baby, so I’ve kind of gotten into this habit of rocking and visualizing my whole life, being a boxer, graduating from high school, purchasing my first car. I’m a visual person with my own form of meditation,” said DeLoach, a graduate of Butler High who is nicknamed, “The Chosen One.”
“Growing up in some parts of Augusta, you have people who give up on their dreams, and that’s what kills everything and your motivation. When you’re in poverty, you don’t see outside of the ghetto. There are people from Augusta, Georgia, who haven’t been to Atlanta. They haven’t been on airplanes and haven’t seen the dream. It takes a strong individual to see outside of that.”
DeLoach turned pro as a 154-pounder on March 9, 2013 -- nearly a month after his 19th birthday -- with a third-round stoppage of Saul Fernandez representing his first of six wins during the year with four of them ending inside the distance.
“The Chosen One” also stopped Jonathan Olivera (June), Carl Hill (September) and Robert Gene Hill Jr. (November) in the first, third and third rounds, and earned four-round unanimous decisions over Martin Gonzalez (April) and Kevin Medley (July).
DeLoach’s follow-up 2014 comprised two each in decision and TKO victores, the former being six- and four-round unanimous decisions over German Valdez (February) and LeShon Sims (April), and the latter, first- and fifth-round stoppages of Thomas Allen (August) and Joshua Snyder (October).
A Lesson Learned
DeLoach was philosophical after suffering a third-stoppage on February 6, 2015, to Cesar Villa, who improved to 8-2 with his fourth stoppage victory.
“I know it sounds crazy, but…that loss ended up being a great thing for me. I learned a lot that night. As a young and upcoming fighter, I was training with the Charlo twins, Jermall and Jermell, and Edwin Rodriguez when I was with [trainer] Ronnie Shields,” said DeLoach.
“Just being around those guys, that put a lot of pressure on a young fighter. I was fighting m self and I was fighting my record. Everybody wants to be Floyd Mayweather Jr. But once I took my first loss, I realized that I can only be Justin DeLoach, and that’s why I’m writing my own story. That loss really shaped and molded me. I’ve returned to the old-school approach, back when champions took a loss and got right back into it. It’s not about the loss, but how you come back from it.”
DeLoach went 7-0 with three knockouts covering three each in 2015 and 2016 and another in 2017, a run that included triumphs over three undefeated fighters.
DeLoach sandwiched six- and four-round unanimous decisions over Rick Graham (July) and Santos Benavides (December) around a third-round TKO of Todd Manuel (October) in 2015.
In 2016, DeLoach scored a sensational fourth-round knockout of Dillon Cook (March) and consecutive eight- and 10-round unanimous decisions over southpaw Junior Castillo (June) and Domonique Dolton (September).
Cook entered at 16-0 with six knockouts, Castillo at 10-0 with nine, and Dolton, 17-0-1 with nine against DeLoach, who brought in 2017 with a loud bang on a crushing second-round KO of Chris Pearson (February). Pearson entered at 14-1 with 10 knockouts but was stopped for the first time in his career.
“I felt like what I did in 2016 and the start of this year with Chris Pearson, no other prospect has done that. I was the only young prospect who was fighting the lions,” said DeLoach, who was trained by left-handed former world champion Paul Williams against Cook, a bout that was a KO Of The Year Candidate.
“[The knockout of Cook] was a perfectly timed punch. Going against an undefeated fighter in his hometown, I knew that I had to rise to the occasion to make a stamp on the sport...I think I was the underdog in all those fights, so for me to come in and sweep those guys, I feel like I really made a statement and put the world on notice. I think that I proved that at times I’m on a different level.”
Overcoming the Struggle
DeLoach has gone 1-3 in his past four bouts, beginning with two-knockdown, fifth-round stoppage loss to Nathaniel Gallimore, who improved to 19-1-1 with his 16th knockout on July 30, 2017.
“That was just a bad night for Justin DeLoach against Gallimore. I was training for a southpaw, Fernando Guerrero, but he pulled out of the fight like a week before it with an illness. When that happened, I should have pulled out,” said DeLoach.
“I underestimated Nathaniel. Plus, we had just had our baby, and there was some other negativity going on that contributed to my lack of focus. If you looked into my eyes that night, you could see that I wasn’t really there.”
Ten months later (May 2018) a DeLoach comeback attempt failed against Dominican Jeison Rosario, who twice floored him on the way to a 10-round unanimous decision victory that improved the winner’s mark to 15-1-1 with 11 knockouts.
DeLoach dropped to 148- and 148 ½ pounds for his last two fights, an eight-round unanimous decision over Michael Odhiambo in November 2018 and a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Terrel Williams in April 2019.
Williams rose to 18-0 with 13 knockouts against DeLoach, whose March bout against 2016 Lithuanian Olympian Eimantas Stanionis (10-0, 7 KOs) was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I haven’t picked any opponents. I haven’t ducked any opponents. Every opposition I fight is a great opposition. It’s always a 50/50 fight. I’m not fighting guys that can’t be beat. I’m fighting guys that when they get in the ring, they want to win just as much as I want to win,” said DeLoach, who has beaten nine fighters who had winning records at the time they faced him.
“I realize that I have to be more disciplined...I’ve learned that I have to separate myself from all of that negative energy. I’ve grown up in a lot of aspects. I’ve returned to the old-school approach, back when champions took a loss and got right back into it. It’s not about the loss, but how you come back from it. The next Justin DeLoach that you see will be a more professional Justin DeLoach.”