Ivan Calderon Marrero (born
January 7, 1975) is a Puerto Rican former professional boxer. He held
the WBO minimumweight title from 2003 to 2007, successfully defending
it eleven times and being recognized as a "Super Champion" by the
organization. From 2007 to 2010 he held the WBO light flyweight title,
defending it six times as well as winning the Lineal and Ring magazine
titles. As an amateur, Calderon represented Puerto Rico in international
competitions and competed at the 2000 Olympics in Australia.
Ivan Calderon was born in the municipality of Guaynabo, Puerto
Rico and currently resides in a sector called "Las Americas" in Bayamon.
Ivan had a troubling childhood surrounded by violence and problems,
which according to him has helped him develop more patience which
has helped him in his personal life. Calderon attended middle school
in Jose Nevarez Landron School, located in Toas Baja, Puerto Rico.
His first wife was Wilma Laguna, with whom he has two children, Wilvani
and Ivan Junior. In an interview with El Nuevo Dia he noted that he
engaged Laguna on August 29, 1997 following a quinceanero and the
couple married on February 5, 1999. According to him the couple had
some disagreements when they met, based on some attitudes he presented,
he also notes that he felt she was arrogant at first. However, on
one day he decided to propose to her and after four months of establishing
a relationship the couple moved in together. Calderon expressed that
he is "too much of a house man" and claims that as a result of a rule
established by his former wife any kind of non'familiar activity is
prohibited on Sundays. In January 2009, it was made public that Calderon
and Laguna had established a divorce process.
1993, Calderon defeated Miguel Cotto in the light flyweight division,
when both boxers were in the early stages of amateur experience. Following
this, both athletes developed a close friendship. Calderon lost to
Brian Viloria once during his amateur boxing career, but defeated
him three times before turning professional. In addition, Calderon
competed as an international amateur in several tournaments, including
- 1999 3rd place as a Light Flyweight at Pan-American
Games in Winnipeg, Canada
- 2000 represented Puerto Rico as a light
flyweight at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
turning professional, Caleron was frequently showcased on ESPN's Friday
Night Fights show. On July 1, 2001, Calderon defeated Jose Manuel
Ramirez by unanimous decision. During this fight, he suffered an open
wound over his right eyebrow, which required surgery. On May 3, 2003,
Calderon became a world champion for the first time, defeating Eduardo
Marquez by a technical decision in nine rounds at Las Vegas, as part
of the De La Hoya-Campas undercard, to win the World Boxing Organization's
world strawweight title. He had dropped Marquez twice before the end
of the fight. Calderon retained his title by a 12 round decision in
his first defense, on September 5, over Lorenzo Trejo of Mexico, at
Caguas, Puerto Rico. In his second defense, held at Bayamon, he defeated
former world champion Alex Sanchez by a unanimous twelve round decision.
On March 20, 2004, he retained the championship with an eleventh round
knockout win over former International Boxing Federation world champion
Edgar Careneas, in Guaynabo. Before that fight, Calderon obtained
his high school credit diploma.
On July 31, 2004, as part of
the Morales-Hernandez undercard in Las Vegas, he retained his title
once again, with a twelve round decision win over former world champion
Roberto Leyva. On November 23 of that year, he made his fifth defense,
defeating Nicaraguan Carlos Fajardo by a twelve round unanimous decision.
As part of the Barrera-Morales III undercard. His fight with Fajardo
was shown live on HBO's Pay Per View. On April 30, of 2005, he retained
the title with an eighth round knockout victory over Noel Tunacao,
a member of the Tunacao boxing family of the Philippines. On September
25, he retained his title for the seventh time, with a twelve round
unanimous decision over Mexico's Gerardo Verde, at Atlantic City,