Jamal James
Jamal James

Jamal James

“Shango”

RECORD

22 - 1 - 0

KOs

10

Weight 147 lbs (66.82 kg)

Age 29

Home Minneapolis, Minnesota,

Complete Stats

Long and lean, Minnesota native Jamal James is a former Golden Gloves runner-up who is steadily climbing the ladder in the 147-pound division. Read Bio

Last Fight

win vs Diego Gabriel Chaves

Dec 15, 2017 / Pioneer Event Center, Lancaster, California

In the biggest fight of his career to date, Jamal James made a statement—stopping veteran Diego Chavez with a perfectly-placed body shot.

Latest News

Jamal James News
Jamal James
Jan 9, 2018 / Jamal James

Jamal James Wants to Be a Prime Time Player in Welterweight division

Minnesota native's latest victory—a third-round stoppage of former interim champion Diego Chaves—sent a notice to the stacked 147-pound division that "Shango" is a serious threat.

Vargas vs Herrera
Dec 15, 2017 / Jessie Vargas, Vargas vs Herrera, Jamal James, John Molina Jr, Ivan Redkach, Wale Omotoso

Jessie Vargas scores dominant victory in PBC debut

Former two-division world champion swept the judges' scorecards against rugged Mexican veteran Aaron Herrera, then proceeded to call out elite welterweights.

Chaves vs James
Dec 14, 2017 / Jamal James

Jamal James Has to Get Past Tough Veteran Diego Chaves to Get Into Title Contention

Welterweight contender Jamal James has never been one to shy away from a challenge, and thus he finds himself in another firefight against Argentine brawler Diego Chaves tonight on FS1.

Fights

Jamal James Fights

WIN vs Diego Gabriel Chavez 26-3-1

Dec 18, 2017 Pioneer Event Center, Lancaster, California

Diego Gabriel Chavez LOSES to Jamal James by KO in Round 3 of 10

WIN vs Diego Gabriel Chaves 26-2-1

Dec 15, 2017 Pioneer Event Center, Lancaster, California, USA

Diego Gabriel Chaves LOSES to Jamal James by KO in Round 3 of 10

Win vs Ionut Dan Ion 36-4-0

Jul 15, 2017 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, USA

Jamal James WINS against Ionut Dan Ion by UD in Round 10 of 10

Loss vs Yordenis Ugas 15-3-0

Aug 12, 2016 Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, USA

Jamal James LOSES to Yordenis Ugas by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Wale Omotoso 26-2-0

Jul 16, 2016 Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Jamal James WINS against Wale Omotoso by SD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Javier Molina

Jan 19, 2016 Club Nokia, Los Angeles

Jamal James WINS against Javier Molina by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Juan Carlos Abreu

Sep 18, 2015 Full Sail Live, Winter Park, Florida

Jamal James WINS against Juan Carlos Abreu by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Michael Balasi 10-6-0

Jun 27, 2015 Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

Jamal James WINS against Michael Balasi by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Daniel Sostre 13-10-1

Apr 18, 2015 Valley Forge Casino and Resort, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, USA

Jamal James WINS against Daniel Sostre by KO in Round 2 of 8

Win vs Cameron Krael 6-6-2

Nov 01, 2014 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Jamal James WINS against Cameron Krael by KO in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Cameron Kreal 6-6-2

Nov 01, 2014 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Jamal James WINS against Cameron Kreal by KO in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Wayne Martell 25-4-1

Aug 22, 2014 Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA

Jamal James WINS against Wayne Martell by TKO in Round 1 of 10

Win vs Angel Hernandez 16-13-1

Mar 28, 2014 Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA

Jamal James WINS against Angel Hernandez by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Colby Courter 4-1-0

Jan 24, 2014 Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA

Jamal James WINS against Colby Courter by TKO in Round 4 of 6

WIN vs Mohammed Kayongo 17-2-1

Sep 21, 2013 Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Mohammed Kayongo LOSES to Jamal James by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Robert Osiobe 14-6-4

Aug 16, 2013 Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA

Jamal James WINS against Robert Osiobe by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Patrick Boozer 5-1-0

Jan 05, 2013 Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Jamal James WINS against Patrick Boozer by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Corey Rodriguez 6-2-2

Oct 27, 2012 Canterbury Park, Shakopee, Minnesota, USA

Jamal James WINS against Corey Rodriguez by TD in Round 7 of 8

Win vs Charon Spain 0-1-0

Aug 25, 2012 Crown Plaza Hotel, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Jamal James WINS against Charon Spain by TKO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Hector Orozco 5-11-0

Jun 23, 2012 Black Bear Casino, Carlton, Minnesota, USA

Jamal James WINS against Hector Orozco by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Hector Orozco 3-7-0

May 20, 2011 Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA

Jamal James WINS against Hector Orozco by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Justin Danforth 6-17-0

Feb 26, 2011 Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA

Jamal James WINS against Justin Danforth by TKO in Round 2 of 4

Win vs Ryan Gronvold 1-5-0

Dec 18, 2010 Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Jamal James WINS against Ryan Gronvold by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Wes Ronchi 0-0-0

Nov 05, 2010 Scheels Arena, Fargo, North Dakota, USA

Jamal James WINS against Wes Ronchi by KO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Justin Danforth 6-15-0

May 22, 2010 Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen, Minnesota, USA

Jamal James WINS against Justin Danforth by TKO in Round 3 of 4

Stats

Jamal James “Shango”

  • WINS 22
  • LOSSES 1
  • DRAWS 0
  • KOs 10

Weight 147 lbs (66.82 kg)

Height 6'2" (1.88 m)

Reach 70" (178 cm)

  • Born

    July 27, 1988
  • Age

    29
  • Country

    USA
  • Born in

    Minneapolis, MN
  • Trains in

    Minneapolis, MN
  • Stance

    Orthodox
  • Rounds Boxed

    133
  • KO Percentage

    43%
  • Boxing Hero

    Jack Johnson

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Bio

Jamal James Bio

Some of the biggest names in boxing reside in the 147-pound weight class. For now, Jamal James stands on the outside of that exclusive club. But with an impressive start to his career, "Shango” is definitely starting to knock on the door.

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A golden child

James began his boxing life at the age of 5, when his mother took him to the Circle of Discipline boxing gym in his native Minneapolis to gain structure and discipline.

There, he began working with the head trainer, Shankara Frazier, who would later become his stepfather and remain in James’ corner as the fighter’s career progressed.

By age 10, James launched an amateur career that would see him log more than 150 fights and eventually be ranked No. 1 by USA Boxing in the 141-pound class.

His amateur career culminated in 2009, when he took second place in the national Golden Gloves competition at 141 pounds.

James made his professional debut in May 2010, when he gained a third-round TKO against Justin Danforth in Mahnomen, Minnesota, as he began his climb toward a world title.

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The rise of ‘Shango’

James took his nickname “Shango” from his grandfather Aldric Peter Nelson, who founded the popular Minneapolis-based world-beat band Shangoya in the early ’70s. It's also the name of the African god of fire, lightning and thunder, fitting for James’ heated style in the ring.

With Frazier and stepbrother Adonis Frazier guiding his career, James made quick work of most his early opponents.

James stopped six of his first 17 opponents within two rounds, including a first-round TKO of veteran southpaw Wayne Martell in Hinckley, Minnesota, in August 2014.

James improved to 17-0 in June 2015 with a unanimous decision over Michael Balasi in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He swept two of the judges’ scorecards as he landed both jabs and power punches with virtual ease while also using his significant reach advantage to stay out of harm’s way.

“He showed some good power,” James said of Balasi afterward. “I hit him with some really good shots, but he was tough. These are the kind of fights that I need, to see where I am.”