Six fights later in the fall of 2002, “El Chatito” beat undefeated Alex Trujillo over 12 rounds to claim the vacant WBA Fedelatin lightweight title. A year later, in his second bout of 2003, he knocked out Leavander Johnson in 11 rounds to claim the vacant IBF lightweight title. Jauregui would lose the title in his first defense against Julio Diaz via 12-round, majority decision in San Diego, California. Over the next three years, he would go 5-3 in eight bouts facing top contenders like Ricky Quiles and Joan Guzman. From the spring of 2008 until January of this year, he would fight sporadically, lacing up the gloves five times. While he would post a 2-3 mark in his final five fights he faced rugged competition including Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov, Ruslan Provodnikov and Anthony Peterson.
In retirement, he worked closely with former junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Jauregui was one of the first world champions to sign with a then-up-and-coming promotional firm headed by Oscar De la Hoya, “Golden Boy Promotions.” In a recent interview, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said, “[Jauregui] was a great champion and I remember him as a nice and polite young man outside the ring.” Sadly, earlier this week, Javier suffered a stroke requiring emergency brain surgery from which he did not recover. A fan’s fighter, a fighter’s fighter - a real fighter. Gone but never forgotten.
Rest in Peace, champ!
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