Jonathan Chicas needed just 67 seconds to get rid of Maja Khali in a matchup of pro debuting junior welterweights. Chicas scored two knockdowns, the latter going for the full ten count.
Maxboxing.com Written By: Ryan Maquiñana
JONATHAN CHICAS UD4 MICHAEL ISLASLight Welterweights San Francisco’s Chicas, 142, fresh off a first-round knockout of Maja Khali in his April pro debut, took the unanimous decision over Islas, 139, who entered a pro ring for the first time. Off the bat, Islas pumped his jab effectively and looked to pressure Chicas, who retaliated by going to the body in close quarters and put a solid left hook behind it in a close first round between the orthodox fighters. In the second, Chicas must have heard something out of Islas’ camp because now, he began to jab to the body. The taller Islas continued to throw the jab, attempting to vary his attack with a lead left hook and an uppercut. But again, Chicas landed the most telling blows, including a solid one-two that snapped Islas’ head back with seconds left in the stanza. Chicas turned on the heat in round three, commencing the action with a two-punch combination to the body that found its mark. Islas finally caught Chicas with a right uppercut that drew applause. With his corner screaming for him to be first, Islas turned on the shoeshine with a four-punch combination that scored for the most part. Chicas showed brief signs of tiring and Islas tried to walk him down. However, Chicas was waiting and landed a big left hook and looping right that landed clean. In the fourth and final round, the two immediately traded left hooks; Islas’ landed. Chicas relished the combatants’ return to inside fighting and slipped Islas’ volleys. Chicas swung for the fences with an overhand right that missed. With seconds left, Islas got a bit reckless, charging in and getting caught with counters to close the show. Scores were 40-36 and 39-37 twice for Chicas. “He knew that I was going to the body,” said Chicas, “so I had to switch it up and go to the head as the fight went on.” Chicas stays undefeated at 2-0 (1), while Islas, from Madera, Calif., drops his debut to go to 0-1.
By Nes Martinez
Jonathan Chicas was born on November 27th, 1988, in San Francisco, Ca. Born to parents from El Salvador, Jonathan learned to fight at a young age. Jonathan’s early life was filled with violence, he was in many street fights, was involved with street gangs at the age of 13, and had multiple run-ins with the law. At the age of 17, Jonathan decided he wanted to change his life. He took all of the negativity from the streets and turned it into positive energy to train. Now with more motivation and dedication than ever, a new man was born.
It was at the SFC boxing gym in San Francisco that Jonathan’s natural ability was honed into that of a consummate professional fighter. He went on to compete in multiple boxing tournaments including the USA Golden Gloves where he made it to the semi-finals. His amateur boxing record is 30 wins with 7 losses. Feeling that there is too much politics in amateur boxing he decided to turn pro. Boxing trainer Oscar Rivadeneyra, who was a #1 Contender and fought for the world title against boxing legend, Michael Spinks in 1983, was brought in to help develop Jonathan into a complete fighter.
Jonathan has now become a ferocious, boxer/puncher who overwhelms his opposition with his determination, strength, body punching and power in both hands. Jonathan is a very purposeful, aggressive fighter who possesses a competitive fire that few fighters can hope to match. In his Pro debut as a junior welterweight, Jonathan needed just 67 seconds to get rid of Maja Khali. Chicas scored two knockdowns, the latter going for the full ten count. As he continues to enjoy success as a pro, Jonathan expects to continue winning in an explosive fashion.
In addition, Jonathan is a positive role model for young people. He is disciplined in his approach to training, avoids drugs and drink completely, is highly involved in his hometown boxing community. Jonathan has been especially involved in working with teenagers: by speaking in public, warning young people about taking drugs, and assisting in training the local youths. A man with strong religious convictions—which he expresses without any self-righteousness—Jonathan never bothers with the trash-talking so many boxers use to “psyche out” opponents.
Jonathan Chicas is truly a special young man. With his talent, great heart, and love for his people he is making a impact inside and outside the ring. Fighting not only for himself, but for everyone that fights on a daily basis. With that being said, “Go Team Chicas”!!!
Chicas’ Trainer Oscar Rivadenyra’s news profile titled “Return of the Champion”