Juan Cervantes is a British-Mexican Muay Thai and Kickboxing fighter, living in Newcastle upon Tyne and training at Northern Kings gym. He is a British Muay Thai champion and a WKTA World champion.
On 19th March 2016, Juan Cervantes earned what he still considers one of his greatest achievements to date. He defeated the former Thai Fighter UK 79kg #1 Danny Edwards at YOKKAO 17 to earn his first major accolade.
Later in the year, Juan Cervantes would sign a contract with one of the World’s leading kickboxing promotions, Enfusion Kickboxing, and earned a spot on the Enfusion Reality Series. Cervantes lost his fight on the Reality Series but would later go on to earn more bouts on Enfusion.
In 2017, Juan Cervantes continued his dominance of the UK domestic scene and became renowned for his jumping knee knockout style. He defeated Romelleo da Silva and Roan Morrison with two consecutive jumping knee knockouts in the latter part of 2017. The knockout win over Roan Morrison earned Juan Cervantes his second UK #1 spot and the UKMF 82.5kg British title.
2018 was another breakthrough year for Juan Cervantes with four straight international victories. He defeated Frenchman Romain Falendry on Enfusion Talents in March, before a first round knockout win over Mehdi Faisal at Enfusion Newcastle in June 2018. He would go on to take a short-notice World title opportunity in September, where he defeated Luca Andreani for the WTKA World title in Italy. Cervantes finished the year with another big win over former Lion Fight World title challenger Joakim Hagg at VICTORY 4 in December.
In early 2019, Juan Cervantes signed a deal with American Muay Thai giants Lion Fight to face undefeated Cruiserweight champion Chip Moraza-Pollard. He lost the bout at Lino Fight 51 in Las Angeles which as his first defeat in seven straight fights.
Later in 2019, Cervantes returned to domestic action where he defeated Thai Fight UK 82.5kg #2 Rob Allen to retain his UK #1 spot.
Juan Cervantes would later go on to sign a contract with global martial arts giants ONE Championship. He made his debut in a Kickboxing bout against Dutch kickboxer Santino Verbeek at ONE: Immortal Triumph in Vietnam in September. Santino caught Cervantes with a huge right-hand which dropped him in the first round, but he would come back stronger to win rounds 2 and 3.
Displaying his athleticism, Cervantes landed numerous jumping knees, and many people believed he did enough to win the fight. Due to ONE Championship’s ‘no draws’ rule in ONE Super Series, however, the bout was awarded to the Dutch fighter. The bout was later declared #8 in ONE Championships Top 100 fights of all time.
Post COVID-19 pandemic
On Saturday 22nd May 2021, Juan Cervantes made his return to the ring after almost two years out. He returned to face fellow top World ranked opponent Joe Boobyer in the main event at VICTORY 6. He stopped his opponent with a body shot in the second round.
On 25th September 2021, Juan Cervantes got one of the biggest opportunities of his career. He faced Gerardo Atti for the vacant WBC Muaythai Cruiserweight World title. He lost the bout via third round stoppage due to body shots.
Titles and Achievements
- UKMF 82.5kg British title
- 2 x Thai Fighter UK ranked #1 (79kg, 82.5kg)
- WTKA Muay Thai World champion 2018
- ONE Championship signed