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Best Puerto Rican Boxers of All Time

Updated on January 15, 2016

Puerto Rican Prizefighters

Wilfred Benitez is the youngest champion in boxing history at 17 years old. He was very fast and had amazing reflexes and ring smarts.
Wilfred Benitez is the youngest champion in boxing history at 17 years old. He was very fast and had amazing reflexes and ring smarts. | Source
Felix Trinidad knocked out the then undefeated Fernando Vargas to unify two titles in the Jr. Middleweight division.
Felix Trinidad knocked out the then undefeated Fernando Vargas to unify two titles in the Jr. Middleweight division. | Source
Wilfredo Gomez suffered his first defeat at the hands of the magnificent Salvador Sanchez.  He had knockout power in both hands but Sanchez was a special talent.
Wilfredo Gomez suffered his first defeat at the hands of the magnificent Salvador Sanchez. He had knockout power in both hands but Sanchez was a special talent. | Source
Hector Camacho lost. 12 round decision in a bid to win the welterweight crown from Felix Trinidad.
Hector Camacho lost. 12 round decision in a bid to win the welterweight crown from Felix Trinidad. | Source

The Best From The Tiny Island

1. Felix Trinidad: Tito Trinidad was undefeated as a Welterweight and reigned as Champion from 1993-2000 beating Oscar De La Hoya, Oba Carr and Hector Camacho before moving up to dominate undefeated Champions David Reid and Fernando Vargas to unify those belts as well. He even had a brief title reign at Middleweight as well. He had a deadly left hook and amazing heart beating Pernell Whitaker and Yori Boy Campas as a welterweight King. His final record was 42-3 with 35 knockouts. Tito's best trait is the fact that he took on any and all comers which is why he stayed high on the pound for pound lists for so long.

2. Wilfredo Gomez: Bazooka had the longest knockout streak among Champions in history with 32 strait stoppages. His career record was an outstanding 44 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw and 42 of those wins coming by brutal knockouts. Gomez is one of the best ever Junior Featherweight Champs who held the Title from 1977-1983 before he vacated to move up in weight. He also won belts in the Featherweight and Junior Lightweight divisions beating Juan La Porte and Carlos Zarate in his great career. Gomez had one punch knockout power, a stiff jab and was excellent at cutting off the ring.

3. Wilfred Benitez: Benitez is the youngest Champion in boxing history. He won the Jr. Welterweight crown at age 17 from Antonio Cervantes. Wilfred was blessed with incredible speed and reflexes. He also won Titles at Welterweight and Junior Middleweight beating Roberto Duran along the way. He had a great skill set and he was very hard to hit with more than one punch at a time. His reflexes were on display against a prime Sugar Ray Leonard and although he lost, he matched Sugar Ray Leonard in speed and reflexes. Benitez partied too much or he may have reached the top of this list.

4. Sixto Escobar: Escobar had a final resume of 43 wins, 22 losses, 3 draws with 19 knockouts but his record does not do this warrior justice. He was Bantamweight World Champion from 1934-1939 beating Eugene Hart and Louis Salica as Champion. He started out with wins and losses but when he was on it was almost impossible to beat him.

5. Carlos Ortiz: Ortiz was a two time Lightweight Champion and a one time Junior Welterweight title winner. His final record in the squared circle was 61 wins, 7 losses, 1 draw with 30 stoppages to his credit. Ortiz beat among others: Ismael Laguna, Sugar Ramos and Flash Elorde. Ortiz was a boxer but he could fight on the inside and he had a solid chin to say the least.

6. Pedro Montanez: Pedro had a resume of 92 wins, 7 losses, 4 draws and 54 knockouts. He is one of the best boxers to never capture a world title, losing in title tries to Lou Ambers and Henry Armstrong twice. He beat Ambers in a non title affair and Freddie Cochrane too.

7. Esteban DeJesus: De Jesus was World Lightweight King from 1976-1978 and he is the first man the beat Roberto Duran and the only man to ever beat him as a Lightweight. Among others he toppled Josue Marquez and Doug McClendon. He had a tremendous left hook and he worked it well to the head and body.

8. Jose Torres: Torres was Light Heavyweight Champion for a year beating Willie Pastrano in the process. He lost his belt to the great Dick Tiger. His peek a boo style was similar to Mike Tyson's because his trainer was the late great Cus Da Moto. As a 175 pounder Torres knocked out and schooled many top contenders on his way to the championship. Torres was not great at any one thing but he was very good at nearly everything.

9. Hector Camacho: "Macho", finished with a record of 79-6-3 with 38 knockouts. He didn't always win but he fought them all including Julio Cesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad and Oscar De La Hoya. As it stands he was a three division Champion and he beat Greg Haugen and Vinnie Pazienza during his career. He was hard to hit with more than one or two shots at a time and his footwork was legendary.

10. Miguel Cotto: Cotto won titles in three weight divisions so far as his career is still in progress. Among others he beat Sugar Shane Mosley, Sergio Martinez, Zab Judah and Antonio Margaritto. He has heart and he can bang to the body. Cotto can box or brawl depending on what the occasion called for. Update: Cotto won a fourth world title by beating Sergio Martinez by knockout to win the Middleweight World Title. Cotto fought the best of the best and win or lose he always gave his all inside the squared circle.

Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga

Miguel Cotto knocked Ricardo Mayorga out in the 12th and final round of their jr. middleweight bout.
Miguel Cotto knocked Ricardo Mayorga out in the 12th and final round of their jr. middleweight bout. | Source

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Pernell Whitaker, Oscar De La Hoya and David Reid all won Olympic gold medals and they also all lost to Felix Trinidad. Whitaker received a knockdown, broken naw and a 12 round beating while David Reid was floored several times himself in losing a lopsided 12 round decision. As far As Oscar De La Hoya goes he did a good job of avoiding most of Trinidad's hardest punches. But the few he got through sure did but bruises on De La Hoya's face.

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You have some great ones on this list and I've seen all but two. Great hub!