Puerto Rico has produced several world-class fighters, and here is our list of the 5 best boxers of Puerto Rico. Because all the men are great boxing champions, we have arranged their names in alphabetical order. Feel free to rearrange the order, ranking them as you see fit.
- Wilfred Benitez. Wilfred "The Radar" Benitez was actually born in the Bronx in 1958, to a famous Puerto Rican boxing family. Returning to his homeland, he began his professional career in Puerto Rico at age 15. Benitez was an artistic, skillful, and aggressive boxer with great defensive abilities, and definitely one of the five best boxers of Puerto Rico. He won world championships in three separate divisions. In 1976, he became the youngest world champion in boxing history when he defeated Antonio Cervantes. In fact, he remained unbeaten in 39 fights until Sugar Ray Leonard stopped him in 1976.
- Hector Camacho. Hector "Macho" Camacho was born in 1962 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He grew up in New York’s Spanish Harlem, where he learned boxing and karate as a kid. Graham Houston, a "Boxing Monthly" editor, said Camacho is most remembered for "the one-sided points beatings he suffered against Julio Cesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad, and Oscar De La Hoya in big fights." But he won several major titles, and he is the only boxer to win in seven different divisions, making him one of the five best boxers of Puerto Rico.
- Wilfredo Gomez. Wilfredo "Bazooka" Gomez is a three-time world boxing champion. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1956. As a child, he had to fight off bullies in the neighborhood streets. Because of this, he has said he believes he was born to fight. His knockout percentage was higher than average, and Gomez ranks as one of the 100 greatest punchers of all time, and certainly one of the five best boxers of Puerto Rico.
- Carlos Ortiz. Another three-time world champion, Carlos Ortiz was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, in 1936. Although he was raised in New York, he is considered one of the five best boxers of Puerto Rico. His professional career began in 1955, with a first-round knockout of Harry Bell. Ortiz attracted many fans from Spanish Harlem and considered himself a "hero to my people." According to Graham Houston, "The Observer" once wrote of Ortiz, "he possesses virtually every attribute required in a professional boxer."
- Felix Trinidad. Born in 1973 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Felix "Tito" Trinidad was a boxing champion in two divisions. His made his professional debut in 1990, at age seventeen. During his career, Trinidad fought Oscar De La Hoya, Fernando Vargas, William Joppy, and others. He retired from boxing twice—and came out of retirement twice. In 2009, Trinidad was "95 to 98 percent sure" that he would not return to boxing. In an ESPN report in January 2010, Trinidad acknowledged his retirement, but he remains one of the five best boxers of Puerto Rico.
Graham, Houston. "Miguel Cotto Latest in a Long Line of Puerto Rican Boxers." ESPN: July 22, 2008.
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