Yordanis Despaigne

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Despaigne and the second or maternal family name is Herrera.
Yordanis Despaigne
Real name Yordanis Despaigne Herrera
Rated at Light Heavyweight
Nationality Cuba Cuban
Born (1980-02-12) February 12, 1980
Boxing record
Total fights 11
Wins 9
Wins by KO 4
Losses 2
Draws 0
Yordanis Despaigne
Medal record
Representing  Cuba
Men’s Boxing
World Amateur Championships
2001 Belfast Middleweight
2003 Bangkok Middleweight
Pan American Games
2003 Santo Domingo Middleweight
Central American and Caribbean Games
2006 Cartagena Middleweight
World Cup
2005 Moscow Middleweight

Yordanis Despaigne Herrera (born February 12, 1980) is a Cuban professional boxer who, as an amateur boxer, has medaled repeatedly in international tournaments as a middleweight.


In Belfast at the 2001 World Amateur Boxing Championships he won a Bronze medal. After beating Kenneth Egan he lost to Utkirbek Haydarov (UZB) 28-29.

In Bangkok 2003 he easily beat Haydarov 33:13 but lost to eventual winner Gennady Golovkin 26:29 and got another Bronze.

At the PanAm Games 2003 he edged out American southpaw Andre Dirrell 21:20 but was upset in the final by Dominican Juan Ubaldo.

At the Olympics 2004 he beat Haitian-Canadian Jean Pascal and Hungarian Károly Balzsay but lost 11:12 against Andre Dirrell.

2005 he lost in an early round at the national championships but in 2006 he beat the young champion Emilio Correa and regained the Cuban championships. He also won the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games beating among others Argenis Casimiro Núñez in the first round.

Despaigne moved up a division and reached the final of the national championships 2008 where he was upset by 18-year-old Julio Cesar La Cruz from Camagüey.

World Cup

Professional career

Despaigne defected to the United States along with fellow celebrated Cuban boxers Guillermo Rigondeaux and Yudel Johnson in the spring of 2009 and made his professional debut on May 22, 2009.

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