With the help of his father and little brother, Juan started boxing at age 8 in San Alamito, Texas. After boxing for only 10 years, Juan has earned a 14-0-1 record and is undefeated in twelve pro-fights. Juan is the youngest of all the contestants at age 18 and hopes to fight for another 5 years in order to pay for a college education.
A very influential person in Juan's life who encouraged him to become a boxer died over a year ago - his grandfather. Juan wears a lanyard with his grandfather's picture on it around his neck immediately before and after every fight.