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One of the most accomplished Mexican boxers of the modern era, Durango's Cristian "El Diamante" Mijares is still a threat to the elite at 33 years old, and he plans on letting the world know that in 2015.
One of the premier Mexican boxers of this era, former 115-pound world champion Cristian Mijares wants to add another title to his resume before he hangs up the gloves, and after winning four in a row in 2014-15, he’s in prime position to do so. The member of a fighting family that includes brother Ricardo and uncle Vicente, Cristian naturally gravitated to the ring, making his professional debut at the age of 15 with a four round decision win over Pedro Hernandez on August 20, 1997. Over the next six years, Mijares would learn his trade on the job, building up an impressive 18-3-1 record on the local scene before defeating Tomas Rojas over 12 rounds on March 12, 2004 to pick up his first championship belt, the Mexican super flyweight title. After four defenses of the title and a win over Alimi Goitia that netted him the WBA Fedelatin belt, Mijares earned his first world championship when he went to Japan and decisioned hometown favorite Katsughige Kawashima for the interim WBC super flyweight belt on September 18, 2006. Two fights later, on January 3, 2007, Mijares defeated Kawashima a second time, now establishing himself as the full WBC titleholder. Four successful title defenses against Jorge Arce (W12), Teppei Kikui (TKO10), Franck Gorjux (TKO1), and Jose Navarro (W12) followed in rapid succession, and Mijares then added the WBA super world title by winning a 12 round split decision over Alexander Munoz on May 17, 2008. After defending both belts with a third round TKO of Chatchai Sasakul, Mijares hit a rough stretch, losing his titles to Vic Darchinyan via ninth round knockout on November 1, 2008, and then dropping back to back decisions to Nehomar Cermeno in 2009 attempts to win the interim WBA bantamweight crown. Mijares would retire after the second Cermeno bout, but it was short lived, as he returned two months later and was back on top soon after, winning four straight bouts before decisioning Juan Alberto Rosas over 12 rounds on December 11, 2010 to win the IBF super flyweight title. In May of 2011, Mijares successfully defended the belt by defeating Carlos Rueda, but issues with making weight prompted him to vacate the title and move up to 122 pounds. After making that decision, Mijares went on a tear, winning seven of eight bouts, including two in a row leading up to his challenge of unbeaten WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion Leo Santa Cruz on March 8, 2014 in Las Vegas. Mijares delivered a gutsy effort before losing a 12-round unanimous decision, but three months later, he was back in the ring and winning, with a seventh-round stoppage of Sebastian Daniel Rodriguez kicking off a new winning streak. This one began in the featherweight division, where he earned the vacant WBC International Silver title in November of 2014 with a decision victory over Lester Medrano. On December 19, 2015, Mijares made it four in a row with a seventh round knockout of Cristian Arrazola.