|Birth Place||Havana, Cuba|
|Pro Record||14-2-1 9KO|
LUIS FRANCO BIO
Luis was born in Havana, Cuba and started Boxing at the very young age of 10 years old. He won the Junior World Championships in 2000 at the age of 14 and in 2003 he lost in the prestigious National finals of Cuba to current world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux. Luis won numerous national titles and represented Cuba in the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, Greece. Luis had over 300 amateur fights in his career.
Luis defected in 2009 and turned professional. He has fought many experienced fighters thus far and in only his 8th pro fight defeated top American prospect Eric Hunter to win the WBO Intercontinental Featherweight title. Luis traveled to Argentina in 2012 to challenge Mauricio Munoz in an IBF Elimination fight and lost a highly disputed split decision in a fight most thought he won. He then fought a draw with top contender Javier Fortuna.
After the Fortuna fight Luis went through promotional and managerial issues which caused him to stay away from the ring for nearly a year and a half. Luis was brought to promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing by Pete Brodsky who manages Cletus Seldin, another Star Boxing fighter, and the results were immediate as Deguardia put Luis in with the durable Osumanu Akaba, who Franco stopped in 8 rounds on Feb. 27, 2015. Deguardia brought Luis back on May 29, 2015, underneath the Algieri-Khan card at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY and Luis responded with a dominant stoppage victory over one time prospect Guillermo Sanchez.
Deguardia hopes for a major fight for Luis by the end of the year.
Luis is managed by Robert Goldwasser and trained by Pete Brodsky.