Andres Cortes was born on June 23, 1997 in North Las Vegas, NV. Boxing became a part of his life at the young age of 4. He would watch his brother practice the sport and was intrigued to join in. By age 6, Cortes began training at Elite Boxing Gym with Juan Heraldez and Andrew Tabiti, who would later become his Mayweather Promotions stablemates.
Cortes quickly became a rising amateur, and saw quite a bit of success during his amateur career. In 2013, he competed in the Jr. Olympics National and won Silver, earned silver 2x at the Youth World tournaments in 2014 and 2015, and thereafter, in 2015 he was ranked #1 in the U.S. by USA Boxing. Cortes represented USA in Serbia for the 2015 Golden Gloves and although he did not place, he gained a lot of experience fighting internationally for the first time in his career. A driven and hungry fighter, he went on to become the U.S. Golden Gloves winner advancing and gaining a state win, then went on to the regionals. Cortes placed 3rd in the nationals, earning a bronze medal. He finished his amateur career with an impressive record of 130 wins and 20 losses, and by the age of 16 he moved out of his home and left school with the determination to pursue his career in boxing.
His journey to being recruited to the Mayweather Promotions stable began when he started training at the Mayweather Boxing Club in the summer of 2015. During that time, Cortes also decided to begin his professional career in Mexico, with his first bout being on February 4, 2016, from there he carried out his next 3 professional bouts and started his career off going 3-0, 2 KO’s. What Cortes thought was just another sparring session, changed the trajectory of his early professional career. Andres had the opportunity of sparring Gervonta “Tank” Davis, which caught the attention of Floyd Mayweather. After inquiring about the young fighter, The Champ remained impressed by what he saw and was interested, and from that point kept a close eye on the promising fighter. Later in 2016, Cortes officially joined the Mayweather Promotions banner.
Cortes made an impressive debut under the Mayweather Promotions’ banner on December 2, 2016 at Sam’s Town Live with a unanimous decision victory over Miguel Espinoza. Cortes has been victorious in all his bouts thus far in his professional career. His most recent win coming on April 5 in the opening bout of Shobox: The New Generation Leo vs. Tabanao attraction and earned himself his 11th professional victory with a unanimous decision over Jahmal Dyer improving his record to 11-0, 6 KOs.
Cortes remains hungry and diligently works to perfect his skillset under the guidance of his older brother 3x national champion, Luis Cortes. Like most fighters, Cortes has his eye on the prize in becoming a world champion but notes that boxing has taught him to be dedicated, disciplined, patient, and committed and credits the sport for keeping him out of the streets and out of trouble. “This is the only sport I have ever loved, and I will use it to create a legacy for myself,” says Cortes. Be on the lookout for the rise of this undefeated lightweight prospect.