Maricela Cornejo, 25, a professional middleweight boxer, is also a reigning
Boxing Illustrated Middleweight Champion. The 5'10" Cornejo grew up in
Grandview, Washington, and in addition ot boxing, she excelled as an
athletic in volleyball, basketball, as well as
pitching for her fast pitch high school team. When she is not in the ring,
she is a television and movie actress and spokesmodel.
When Maricela graduated from high school, she went off to play volleyball at a nearby
Community College before moving to Seattle, Washington. She was only in Seattle for two years then
ventured off to pursue her dreams in Los Angeles, California. When
Maricela arrived in LA, not knowing anyone,
found her networking skills helped her through certain situations.
Erin McGowan, Butch Gottlieb, Cornejo
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
During Maricela's two year stay in Los Angeles, she was able to
accomplish getting in a
handful background movies and Spanish soap opera appearances, including her first
speaking role which Eric Roberts in the comedy movie "White T".
In 2012 Maricela set her one goal, and that was to fight in one amateur bout. She then
trained for a year before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada, to fight in
her first bout.
Undefeated as an amateur, 2-0 both first rounders, Cornejo won a gold
medal at The Arnold in 2012 for the middleweight title in a walkover victory.
After the two amateur fights, she found great difficulty finding any more
amateur competition in the middleweight division. With that, Maricela made a
decision to turn professional.
On August 4, 2012, Maricela fought Mia Henderson at the Cobb
Center in Atlanta, Georgia, won by a four-round majority decision.
The hard fought victory resulted in Cornejo winning the Boxing Illustrated
Novice Middleweight Championship. [The BI Novice Championships are for fighters
with zero to five fights].
Cornejo vs Henderson from the Cobb Galleria Centre in
Atlanta, GA. Event promoted by Beddingfield Boxing promotions, and
televised live on LDLTV.com
On November 17, 2012, In Maricela's second pro bout, she faced
Terri Love at the Four Points Sheridan, in Sacramento, California. She won
by a third round TKO, bringing her boxing record to 2-0-0 (1KO).
On March 18, 2013 on Sunday Night Spotlight, Maricela was
interviewed, where she talked about her journey from
modeling, to the Wild Card gym, to the Mayweather Boxing Club.
Cornejo is currently training with legendary Floyd Mayweather Sr.
at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada. At this time, Boxrec has
Maricela ranked in the USA at #2, and #14 worldwide.