win vs Jo Jo Dan
Jul 15, 2017 / Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Long Island, New York
James used his length to control most of the fight and earn a 10-round unanimous decision over the former title challenger.
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Omar Figueroa Jr. had to feel the nerves coursing through him again. It was a welcome greeting, that tingly pinch in his legs and arms. It was his body’s way of telling “El Panterita” he was ready to go—that the 19-month layoff was over and his passion for boxing was fully reignited.
With Miguel Flores and Ryan Kielczweski both looking to continue moving forward in the 126-pound division, the boxers are embracing the chance to unveil new dimensions of their respective repertoires in order to do so.
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 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
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.
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.
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.”