Ponce de Leon was beaten by Adrien Broner over 10 rounds in a very close fight in March of 2011. Six months later, he was stopped by Yuriorkis Gamboa in eight rounds. The Chihuahua, Mexico-born champ came back in 2012 with three straight wins, the third being a win for the WBC world featherweight title, an eight-round technical decision over Jhonny Gonzalez. However, in his first title defense in May of last year, Ponce de Leon was stopped in nine rounds by Abner Mares. However, he came back six months later to close out the year with a victory.
Daniel kicked off this year with a bout in March but was stopped by former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez in two rounds in Puerto Rico for the vacant WBO International super featherweight title. He then returned last Saturday night against former world title challenger Miguel “Mickey” Roman but was ultimately stopped in nine rounds.
But in retrospect, the tough California resident and champion said he “retires with a great taste in my mouth thanks to all of your support.” He can also look back on a 52-fight, multiple title-winning career and be secure in the fact that he provided fight fans with many thrills over his 13-year career.
Tough, talented and always exciting, viva Daniel Ponce de Leon!
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