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Chantel Cordova
© Copyrighted photo courtesy Jewboy Promotions

5'3" Chantel Cordova was born in Pueblo, Colorado, USA, on 23 December 1986.  She began boxing at age 9 and her brother Marvin Cordova Jr is also a pro boxer. 

“My dad, Marvin Cordova Sr., who is my trainer, didn’t think women should box. So, my mom (manager Sherry Cordova) was taking a few boxers out to Ignacio, Colorado, for an amateur show. She asked me if I wanted to weigh in and see if there were any females to box,” Chantel recalled.

“Just my luck, there was a female in my weight class. I was a bit nervous, but was anxious to get in the ring. With a two-round stoppage, I had a victory over the hometown boxer!  My dad was out of town for work, but I called him and told him the news. Ever since, he has been in my corner, training and supporting me!”

The Cordova family team helped Chantel to a storied amateur career that included being the US national women’s champion in 2005 (defeating Stephanie Gonzalez by RSCO-2 in the 101-lb semifinal and Adri Harding by RSCO-2 in the final) and 2006 (defeating Colleen Loo 32-12 in the 101-lb final). She also took second place at the 2005 Pan Am Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. losing to Nancy Fortin of Canada by a 20-8 score. She was also a three-time Golden Gloves champion, including outstanding boxer of the tournament in 2004, won two Junior Olympic championships and three Silver Gloves titles. She was the first Colorado woman on the US women’s national amateur team.

Chantel Cordova“In 2006 I fought for my last time in the U.S. Championships, winning in the pinweight division,” she said of her decision to go pro. “I was hoping that in 2008 there would be a few women’s weight classes in the Olympics, but the committee did not approve, so I turned pro March 24, 2006.”

On March 24, 2006 at the Arkansas Valley Arena in Rocky Ford, Colorado, Chantel  (101 lbs) TKO'd pro debuter Unity Young  (5'0", 99 lbs) of Denver, Colorado in the first round of a scheduled four-rounder.

On April 15, 2006 at Geary County Convention Center in Junction City, Kansas, USA, Chantel (102 lbs) TKO'd Gina Abel (105 lbs) of Chicakasa, Oklahoma at 1:02 in the fourth round of a scheduled four-rounder.  Abel fell to 0-11-1.

On May 27, 2006 at USA Arena in Rocky Ford, Colorado, Chantel (103 lbs) won a four-round unanimous decision over Dawn Parker (103 lbs) of Winter Park, Florida, who fell to 0-4.

On July 5, 2006 at the City Auditorium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Chantel (102½ lbs) again fought Unity Young (98¼ lbs), this time TKO'ing the Denver resident at 1:06 in the first round of a scheduled four. This bout was unexpectedly carried on ESPN to fill otherwise vacant air time because the rest of the poorly-matched card ran short in their time slot. ESPN's airing of this flagrant mismatch between the technically skilled Cordova and the evidently untutored Young was noted by commentator Teddy Atlas as "not helping the sport of women's boxing". Atlas also blamed Young's manager and trainer for "not having the good sense to see that she does not belong in the ring" and many questioned why someone so unprepared could obtain a pro boxing license in Colorado. (Similar sentiments were echoed by WBAN's readers).  

On August 26, 2006 at the Convention Center in Junction City, Kansas, the level of opposition stepped up several notches as Chantel (102 lbs) battled Valarie Rix (105 lbs) of Sanford, Florida to a six-round draw.  Rix, who also had national level experience as an amateur, moved her record to 4-0-1 (1 KO).

On October 8, 2006 at the Marriott Arena in Junction City, Kansas, Chantel (103 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-36 x 3) decision over the durable Natasha Wilburn (112 lbs) of Atlanta, Georgia, who fell to 1-14 (0 KO's).

On January 4, 2007 at Harrah's Casino and Resort in Mayetta, Kansas, Chantel (101 lbs) won a four-round unainimous decision over Jodi Esquibel (104 lbs) of Albuquerque, New Mexico who fell to 4-2-0 (2 KO's).

On April 14, 2007 at Harrah's Casino and Resort in Mayetta, Kansas, Chantel won a six-round unanimous decision over Melissa Shaffer of Van Buren, Arkansas who fell to 9-5 (5 KO's).

Chantel then left competitive boxing for a time to give birth to her son Elijah and to be a mother. Unafraid of a challenge, when she returned to the ring after 32 months she immediately took on a  former world champion.

On January 28, 2010 at the Coca-Cola Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Hollie Dunaway (107 lbs) won a six-round split (58-56,60-54,55-59) decision over Chantel  (107 lbs). There were no knockdowns but Cordova's nose was bloodied.  The former world champion Dunaway improved to 23-8-1 (10 KOs) with the win. 
Chantel came away encouraged, despite the split decision loss. 

Chantel CordovaOn April 22, 2010 at the 19th annual Tulsa Charity Fight Night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Chantel was originally scheduled to meet Becky Garcia (5-1) of Mesa, Arizona, but Garcia withdrew.  The always-game Melissa Shaffer (104 lbs), then based in Pensacola, Florida, stepped in for a chance at avenging her earlier loss to Chantel, but Cordova (106 lbs) rolled to a unanimous 59-55,59-55,60-54 decision.  Shaffer dropped to 10-8-0 (5 KOs) with the loss. Among the celebrities attending the charity event were former world champion Sugar Ray Leonard, former heavyweight contenders Earnie Shavers and James "Quick" Tillis, former middleweight contender and the figure behind the Denzel Washington movie "Hurricane", Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, comedian Eddie Griffin and boxing historian Bert Sugar.

“I felt real good. I went in there and gave it my all,” Cordova said of the win. “It felt like I landed everything I threw! It was good to be back in the ring after a long layover.”

“My goal now is to get a world title,” she said emphatically. She said she is comfortable fighting at either 106 or 112 pounds. “I can lose weight pretty easily, if necessary, and don’t mind gaining, if needed!” she laughed.  “I want to fight and stay active,” she said. “I want to keep working toward that world title!”

Chantel Cordova (L) vs Arely Mucino
Chantel Cordova vs Arely Muciño in Janusry 2011
© Copyrighted photo from Hector Garcia Boxing

On January 22, 2011 at Arena Neza in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México, undefeated Arely Muciño (111¾ lbs) of Monterrey, Mexico won the IBF Flyweight title by TKO when Chantel (111¾ lbs) retired at the end of the third round. Cordova had no answer for Muciño's high pressure attack and her pro record fell to 8-2-1 (3 KO's) while Muciño's improved to 11-0-1 (7 KO's).  [Video]

The attractive "Gorgeous Babe" Cordova has her own style, but does have ring role models. “My female role model would have to be Holly Holm. She is a good fighter and a great person!” Cordova said. “My male role model is Manny Pacquiao. He is a great fighter and a very humble person.”

“To my fans, thanks for all the support, and stay tuned … because I’m going to do big things this year! Keep your eyes out for me going all the way to the top!” she added.

To schedule a fight with Chantel, potential opponents’ managers should contact her at, or call her father, Marvin, at 1-719-821-9756.

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Page last updated: Saturday, April 2, 2011


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