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Stepping into the ring against Juan Carlos Payano is the equivalent of taking an open-book math exam … while also holding the answer key … and yet somehow still flunking the test. On Tuesday night, Alexis Santiago became the latest student who failed to make the grade.
Juan Carlos Payano has already accomplished the one goal that’s atop every professional boxer’s to-do list: become a world champion. Now Payano is determined to check off box No. 2 on that list: do it again.
Rau’shee Warren didn’t score the overwhelming victory he was seeking Saturday night in his 118-pound title rematch with Juan Carlos Payano, but the three-time U.S. Olympian did enough to earn his first world championship.
Win vs Alexis Santiago
Aug 22, 2017 • Sam's Town Live, Las Vegas
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Alexis Santiago by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Isao Gonzalo Carranza 15-7-1
Jan 13, 2017 • Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, Hialeah, Florida, USA
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Isao Gonzalo Carranza by TKO in Round 7 of 8
Loss vs Rau'shee Warren
Jun 18, 2016 • UIC Pavilion, Chicago
Juan Carlos Payano LOSES to Rau'shee Warren by MD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Rau'shee Warren 13-0
Aug 02, 2015 • Full Sail Live, Winter Park, Florida
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Rau'shee Warren by SD in Round 12 of 12
Loss vs Juan Carlos Payano 35-2-1
Sep 26, 2014 • Mesquite Arena, Mesquite, Texas, USA
Anselmo Moreno LOSES to Juan Carlos Payano by TD in Round 6 of 12
Win vs German Meraz 46-29-1
Feb 22, 2014 • Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against German Meraz by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Jundy Maraon 15-0-1
Jun 14, 2013 • South Mountain Arena, South Orange, New Jersey, USA
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Jundy Maraon by KO in Round 7 of 10
Win vs Jhon Alberto Molina 32-23-3
May 10, 2013 • Coliseo Carlos 'Teo' Cruz, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Jhon Alberto Molina by TKO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Jose Luis Araiza 29-6-1
Nov 30, 2012 • BB&t Center, Sunrise, Florida, USA
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Jose Luis Araiza by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Jhon Alberto Molina 32-18-3
Jul 21, 2012 • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Jhon Alberto Molina by TKO in Round 9 of 10
Win vs Luis Maldonado 36-8-1
May 18, 2012 • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Luis Maldonado by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Jose Silveria 13-6-0
Mar 02, 2012 • Westin Diplomat Resort, Hollywood, Florida, USA
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Jose Silveria by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Leshaun Blair 4-25-0
Dec 03, 2011 • Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Leshaun Blair by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Dinoel Reynoso 0-4-0
Sep 05, 2011 • Coliseo Carlos 'Teo' Cruz, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Dinoel Reynoso by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Luis Angel Paneto 5-9-2
Apr 23, 2011 • Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo, Miami, Florida, USA
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Luis Angel Paneto by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Cristobal Ramos 5-5-0
Mar 04, 2011 • Casino Pharaohs, Managua, Nicaragua
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Cristobal Ramos by KO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Norberto Jimenez 0-3-0
Oct 09, 2010 • La Vega, Dominican Republic
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Norberto Jimenez by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Luis Hinojosa 1-6-0
Sep 18, 2010 • Coliseo Carlos 'Teo' Cruz, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Luis Hinojosa by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Daniel Veras 0-4-0
Aug 28, 2010 • Parque Publico, Elias Pina, Dominican Republic
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Daniel Veras by TKO in Round 3 of 4
Win vs Aneudy Mesa 0-7-1
Aug 21, 2010 • Polideportivo Fabio Gonzalez, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Juan Carlos Payano WINS against Aneudy Mesa by UD in Round 4 of 4
Juan Carlos “Baby Pacquiao” Payano was highly decorated as an amateur fighter in the Dominican Republic, competing in two Olympic Games and twice winning silver at the Pan American Games. Since turning pro in 2010, he quickly ascended the ranks at 118 pounds and won a world title in 2014.
A man of many medals
Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Payano first distinguished himself as an amateur by winning a silver medal at the 2003 Pan American Games.
After competing in the 2004 Olympics, where he lost in the second round to France’s Jérôme Thomas, the southpaw later took home the gold at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games.
He then earned another silver at the 2007 Pan American Games before qualifying for a second Olympics in 2008, when he lost to Italy’s Vincent Picardi in the second round.
Storming to a world championship
Never lacking in confidence, Payano has long compared himself to the best. “My style is similar to Manny Pacquiao—that’s why I’m ‘Baby Pacquiao,’” Payano told ESPN prior to his 2013 clash with Jundy Maraon. “But I feel like I’m more organized with my punches, have better technique and better fighting ability.”
Payano has worked hard to live up to that designation in the ring, blitzing his first 15 opponents to set up a September 2014 title fight with crafty Panamanian Anselmo Moreno, a champ at 118 pounds for six years who was making his 13th title defense against Payano.
Payano was cut over his right eye from an accidental clash of heads in Round 2, and the ringside doctor ruled he could not continue after Round 6. Payano was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards, winning a technical decision and a world championship.