By Robert Coster
Photo courtesy HGboxing
He turned pro at the age of 15, and today at 17, super bantamweight Andres Gutierrez (14-0, 12 KOs) of Queretaro, Mexico, is the youngest pro boxer to be featured in the series. Andres’ nickname is “Jaguarcito” (little Jaguar) because of his feline speed and reflexes, along with the killer instinct that characterizes the four-legged predator. “I was born to be a boxer, says the fresh-faced teenager, and I fell in love with the game at age six.”
Gutierrez however had to wait up to the ripe old age of eight-years-old to step into the ring and the young phenomenon from Queretaro soon racked up impressive stats which translated into a (67-4) record as an amateur, winning a silver medal at the National Mexican Olimpics at age 13 and the gold medal the following year in 2008.
In January 2009, Andres turned pro, beating an opponent 16 years his senior. His long time trainer, Ruben Zamora was impressed, “It was the case of a boy fighting against a man, but Andres won all four rounds of that fight.”
If you question Gutierrez about his style, he will tell that he can be both a boxer and a puncher, although he is much more of the latter. Andres’ marquee punch is a left hook to the liver which he delivers in lethal fashion. The young teenager will certainly need that punch as he gets ready to face tough Andres Romero (15-3), a former Continental Americas titleholder, on October 23rd. “We are positive that Andres is ready to take the step up in terms of his opposition,” said trainer Zamora.
Should he prevail, Gutierrez’s promoters, HGboxing, have ambitious plans for him: namely a WBC Youth title fight early next year and crashing into the world rankings.