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The Top 10 Puerto Rican Boxers of All time

Ranking the greatest fighters from Puerto Rico!
Publish Date: 12/09/2023
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa

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10) Wilfredo Vasquez

One-of -six Puerto Rican boxers to have achieved world titles in three different divisions.

9) Pedro Montanez

Pedro is considered one of the greatest fighters never to win a World championship. He got close but lost a tight decision to Champion Lou Ambers. He owned a win over Ambers in a non-title fight.

8) Edwin Rosario

Rosario lost a controversial decision to Hector Camacho in June of 1986. He went on to beat Howard Davis Jr and Livingstone Bramble. He split fights with Frankie Randall, Juan Nazario, and Jose Luis Ramirez.

7) Jose Torres

Torres beat Willie Pastrano to capture the light heavyweight world championship in 1965. Torres’ 1966 victory over Eddie Cotton was The Ring’s Fight of the Year.

6) Hector Camacho

Camacho was a three-division world champion. He proved how tough he was against DeLa Hoya and Chavez, going the distance with Mexican legends. He beat such stars as Jose Luis Ramirez, Edwin Rosario, Ray Mancini, and Cornelius Boza-Edwards. Camacho’s best weight was 135 pounds and lowered at that weight; he was as fast as anybody who stepped into the ring.

5) Miguel Cotto

Cotto became the first Puerto Rican to win titles in four different divisions. The highly popular Cotto-owned wins over the likes of Zab Judah and Shane Mosley, maybe his most significant victory was over at the time Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.

4) Felix Trinidad

Trinidad was a three-division world champion, capturing welterweight, light middleweight, and middleweight titles. He never lost a fight below 160 pounds. In 2000, Felix was named fighter of the year by The Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America. He moved up to 154 and beat Fernando Vargas for the belt, then went up to 160 and became a champion, beating William Joppy. Trinidad owned wins over Hector Camacho, Pernell Whitaker, and Oscar De La Hoya.

3) Wilfred Benitez

Benitez won the WBA light welterweight title from Antonio Cervantes when he was 17. At the time, Cervantes was a veteran of nearly 90 professional fights. Benitez lost a close decision to Thomas Hearns and decisively beat Roberto Duran. He also beat Carlos Palomino before losing to Sugar Ray Leonard.

2) Wilfredo Gomez

Gomez was one of the most devastating punchers in Boxing history and at one time defended his title 17 straight times, all by Knockout! Gomez boasts wins over Rocky Lockridge, Juan LaPorte, Lupe Pintor, Juan Meza, Carlos Zarate, and Alberto Davila.

1) Carlos Ortiz

Ortiz was the second Puerto Rican to become a world champion winning three world titles during his career, two in the lightweight division and one in the welters. Beat Sugar Ramos, Ismael Laguna, Flash Elorde fought a draw with the great Nicollino Locche, and most in attendance booed the decision, feeling that Ortiz had been robbed.

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