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Who was the first Puerto Rican heavyweight champion?

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Asked by: Shannon Lougee

Sixto EscobarSixto Escobar, who won it on June 26, 1934. During the 1960s and 1970s, there was an increase in the number of pugilists who achieved this recognition.

How many Puerto Rican boxing champions have there been?


The fact Puerto Rico has six current titleholders (among 68 in the major sanctioning bodies) and seven fighters ranked by THE RING is an indication that boxing on the island is as strong as ever.

Who is the best Puerto Rican boxer of all time?

Martino’s 10 best Puerto Rican boxers

  • Felix Trinidad (42-3, 35 KOs) …
  • Edwin Rosario (47-6, 41 KOs) …
  • Miguel Cotto (33-1, 27 KOs) …
  • Esteban De Jesus (58-5, 33 KOs) …
  • Sixto Escobar (43-22-3, 19 KOs) …
  • Pedro Montanez (92-7-4, 54 KOs) …
  • Jose Torres (41-3-1, 29 KOs) …
  • Alfredo Escalera (53-14-3, 31 KOs)

Who was the first heavyweight champion?

The Ring

No. Champion Begin reign
1 John L. Sullivan def. Dominick McCaffrey August 29, 1885
2 James J. Corbett September 7, 1892
3 Bob Fitzsimmons March 17, 1897
4 James J. Jeffries June 9, 1899

Who is a famous boxer from Puerto Rico?

Miguel Cotto
A victory will make Cotto the first four-division world champion ever from Puerto Rico. Cotto has been one of the most popular boxing stars of the current generation. He was a dominant champion at light welterweight and a top fighter at 147 pounds, where he beat Shane Mosley and Zab Judah among others.

Who has better boxers Mexico or Puerto Rico?

As of May 2022, Puerto Rico leads the rivalry in World Championship bouts 71-57-2, plus 2 No Contests. That includes Ultiminio Ramos, Oscar De la Hoya and Fernando Vargas as Mexicans, plus Kevin Kelley and Shakur Stevenson as Puerto Rican descent.

What NBA players are Puerto Rican?

Players from Puerto Rico In The NBA Since 1946-1947

Player Pos Birth Date
J.J. Barea G Jun 26, 1984
Peter John Ramos C May 23, 1985
Carlos Arroyo PG Jul 30, 1979
Daniel Santiago C Jun 24, 1976

Who was the first Puerto Rican to play in the NBA?

The university recognized this by retiring his jersey. Lee was the first Puerto Rican and Latin American-born athlete to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA), accomplishing this after being selected in the first round of the 1978 NBA draft.

Who is the best Puerto Rican basketball player?

Many people acknowledge NBA Champion José Juan Barea as one of the best NBA players ever out of Puerto Rico. There are also recent NBA stars from Puerto Rico like Mo Harkless, Carlos Arroyo, Shabazz Napier, and Renaldo Balkman.