Edwin "Chapo" Rosario Rivera (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈeðwin roˈsaɾjo]; March 15, 1963 – December 1, 1997) was a Puerto Rican professional boxer who competed from 1979 to 1997. He is a world champion in two weight classes, having held the WBC lightweight title from 1983 to 1984, the WBA lightweight title twice between 1986 and 1990, and the WBA super lightweight title from 1991 to 1992. Known for his exceptional boxing skills, dynamite right hand and rock solid chin Rosario's final record stands at 47-6
March 15, 1963
|Died||December 1, 1997 (aged 34)|
Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
|Other names||Chapo ("Shorty")|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Reach||66+1⁄2 in (169 cm)|
|Wins by KO||41|
Rosario was posthumously inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.
Early life and career edit
Edwin Rosario was born in Candelaria barrio, Toa Baja, an extremely poor barrio on the north coast of Puerto Rico. Rosario's older brother Papo became a professional boxer, beginning what looked like a promising career. Edwin and Papo were the sons of Antonio Rosario and Elizabeth Rivera. They also had three sisters.
His boxing manager and coach (trainer), Manny Siaca Sr., had noticed the younger Edwin Rosario's talent when the boy was 8 years old. Inspired by his brother Papo, Chapo Rosario, as he became known in the world of boxing, had a stellar amateur boxing career.
Professional boxing career edit
Chapo's brother Papo died unexpectedly, purportedly due to drugs, two years after his entry into professional boxing. Rosario persevered, wanting to honor his brother's memory by winning a world championship. He scored big knockout wins over Young Ezzard Charles and Edwin Viruet. He beat Charles in three rounds on the Benitez-Duran undercard in January 1982 in Las Vegas. He also defeated Viruet in three rounds; that opponent had boxed 25 rounds against Roberto Durán-including a world lightweight championship bout-without being knocked out.
Rosario eventually gained a record of 21–0 with 20 knockouts. This led to talks of a title fight against World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion Alexis Argüello, to be held in Miami. But Argüello relinquished the title in order to move up in weight to challenge junior welterweight champion Aaron Pryor.
Boxing champion edit
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With Arguello moving divisions, Rosario was matched with Mexico's José Luis Ramírez on May 1, 1983 for the vacant WBC lightweight title. Rosario seemed to have the momentum over the first half of the fight, but tired down the stretch to make for a very close outcome. The judges, as well as most of the public present, felt Rosario had done enough to win. He became world lightweight champion by the unanimous score of 115–113 on all 3 judging cards. Rosario injured his hand during the fight and needed surgery, for which the World Boxing Council gave him a dispensation.
He didn't return to the ring until 1984. In his first defense of the title, he faced Roberto Elizondo, who had lasted 7 rounds with Argüello in a previous world title challenge and was expected to give him a tough fight. Rosario knocked out Elizondo in one round. Howard Davis Jr proved more of a challenge – Davis Jr was ahead on all scorecards with ten seconds remaining in the bout, but was dropped by Rosario for the second time in their fight at that point, and lost a split decision.
A rematch with Ramírez was scheduled, again in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on November 3, 1984. Rosario dropped Ramírez once in round one and again in the second, but the challenger got off the canvas to take Rosario's title away with a fourth-round TKO. This was Rosario's first defeat. Some fans felt he never fully recovered, although he won three more championships.
Rosario won a comeback fight against Frankie Randall, the future world champion, in London. He had to wait another year before an opportunity to regain the title. On June 13, 1986, he met the world champion Hector 'Macho' Camacho at Madison Square Garden in New York. The fight was televised by HBO, and although Rosario shook Camacho badly in the fifth round and rallied down the stretch, Camacho swept the middle rounds. The judges, in a split decision, awarded Camacho the fight.
Because of the closeness of that bout, the WBA gave Rosario a chance to challenge Livingstone Bramble, one of two other world lightweight champions (the other one being the International Boxing Federation's Jimmy Paul). Rosario went to Miami and defeated Bramble by knockout in the second round to become world lightweight champion for the second time. His pose, raising his arms after the fight, became The Ring magazine's cover for the next month — the only time Rosario was featured on its English-version cover.
In Rosario's next defense, he faced WBC super featherweight title holder Julio César Chávez, on November 21, 1987, in Las Vegas. Chavez moved up in weight to challenge for Rosario's title, and he battered the lightweight champion. By the tenth round, Rosario's left eye was completely shut. His right eye was swollen, and he was bleeding from the nose and mouth. Referee Richard Steele stopped the fight at 2:38 of the eleventh round at the request of Rosario's corner. At the time of the stoppage, Rosario trailed on the judges' scorecards by the following scores: Jerry Roth: 98-92. Bob Watson: 99-91. Albert Tramari 100-92 (2 rounds even).
Rosario was inactive for seven months then went 7–0 with 6 KO's in his next fights. After Chavez vacated the title in 1989, Rosario came back and won it again, beating Anthony Jones, a tough Kronk prospect for the championship.
Rosario joined a small group of men who had become world champions three times in the same division. This time, however, he didn't hold the title for long. When he gave Nazario a 1990 rematch at Madison Square Garden, he was defeated on cuts in the 8th round.
Rosario moved up a weight class to the junior welterweight division, and defeated defending world champion Loreto Garza in three rounds in Sacramento's Arco Arena to become a world champion for the 4th time.
However, personal problems started to take their toll. In his first defense, against Japanese Akinobu Hiranaka in Mexico City on April 10, 1992, he lost by a 1st-round TKO. He later lost a rematch to Frankie Randall, by technical knockout in seven rounds.
Later career and death edit
Rosario disappeared from the boxing scene. Years later he received media attention after being arrested for stealing beer from a supermarket. He vowed to stay clean and went into a program to achieve this.
In 1997, he won two comeback fights, then won the Caribbean welterweight title by beating Roger Benito Flores of Nicaragua in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, in a twelve-round decision. Once an HBO staple, Rosario was then fighting on small cards without any TV showings. He was ranked #10 among Oscar De La Hoya's challengers at the welterweight division after his win over Flores, making him an official world title challenger once again.
He defeated Sanford Ricks at Madison Square Garden. In his final fight on September 25, 1997, Rosario knocked out Harold Bennett in two rounds at Bayamon. He died before fighting again.
On December 1, 1997, Rosario visited the home of his ex-wife and four daughters, but he cut his visit short an hour later, saying he felt ill. After returning home where he lived with his parents, Rosario was later found dead in his bed by his father. He was found to have died of an aneurysm on December 1, 1997, with fluid accumulated in the lungs. Doctors said that his history of narcotics and alcohol abuse was a factor.
Many celebrities and dignitaries attended his funeral, and a group of Puerto Rican world boxing champions were among the pallbearers. More than 5,000 people came to the funeral or watched from their homes as the coffin was driven from the funeral home to the cemetery.
Professional boxing record edit
|53 fights||47 wins||6 losses|
|53||Win||47–6||Harold Bennett||KO||2 (10)||Sep 25, 1997||34 years, 194 days||Bayamon, Puerto Rico|
|52||Win||46–6||Sanford Ricks||KO||8 (8), 0:31||Aug 23, 1997||34 years, 161 days||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US|
|51||Win||45–6||Roger Flores||PTS||12||Jul 17, 1997||34 years, 124 days||Bayamon, Puerto Rico||Won WBA Fedecentro welterweight title|
|50||Win||44–6||Calvin Moody||DQ||3 (8), 1:09||Jun 7, 1997||34 years, 84 days||Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium, Miami, Florida, US||Moody was DQ'd for holding|
|49||Win||43–6||Maurice Roberson||TKO||4 (10), 2:02||May 22, 1997||34 years, 68 days||Bayamon, Puerto Rico|
|48||Loss||42–6||Frankie Randall||TKO||7 (10), 2:03||Jan 30, 1993||29 years, 321 days||The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, US|
|47||Win||42–5||George Kellman||TKO||5 (10)||Aug 11, 1993||30 years, 149 days||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|46||Loss||41–5||Akinobu Hiranaka||TKO||1 (12), 1:32||Apr 10, 1992||29 years, 26 days||El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Mexico||Lost WBA super lightweight title|
|45||Win||41–4||Loreto Garza||TKO||3 (12), 1:09||Jun 14, 1991||28 years, 91 days||Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, US||Won WBA super lightweight title|
|44||Win||40–4||Dwayne Swift||MD||10||Aug 23, 1990||27 years, 161 days||Villa Roma Resort, Callicoon, New York, US|
|43||Loss||39–4||Juan Nazario||RTD||8 (12), 3:00||Apr 4, 1990||27 years, 20 days||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US||Lost WBA lightweight title|
|42||Win||39–3||Anthony Jones||TKO||6 (12), 2:00||Jul 9, 1989||26 years, 116 days||Showboat Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US||Won vacant WBA lightweight title|
|41||Win||38–3||Larry Benson||RTD||5 (10)||Mar 16, 1989||26 years, 1 day||Felt Forum, New York City, New York, US|
|40||Win||37–3||Jesus Gallardo||TKO||8 (10), 1:26||Feb 9, 1989||25 years, 331 days||Felt Forum, New York City, New York, US|
|39||Win||36–3||Juan Minaya||KO||4 (10), 1:44||Oct 27, 1988||25 years, 226 days||Felt Forum, New York City, New York, US|
|38||Win||35–3||Felipe Angulo||TKO||2 (10)||Sep 3, 1988||25 years, 172 days||Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|37||Win||34–3||Rafael Gandarilla||TKO||3 (10), 1:19||Aug 11, 1988||25 years, 149 days||Felt Forum, New York City, New York, US|
|36||Win||33–3||Javier Cerna||KO||1 (10), 2:40||Jul 31, 1988||25 years, 138 days||Felt Forum, New York City, New York, US|
|35||Win||32–3||Ramiro Lozano||TKO||3 (10)||Jun 2, 1988||25 years, 79 days||Felt Forum, New York City, New York, US|
|34||Loss||31–3||Julio César Chávez||TKO||11 (12), 2:43||Nov 21, 1987||24 years, 251 days||Las Vegas Hilton, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, US||Lost WBA lightweight title|
|33||Win||31–2||Juan Nazario||KO||8 (15), 2:43||Aug 11, 1987||24 years, 149 days||UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, US||Retained WBA lightweight title|
|32||Win||30–2||Roger Brown||KO||2 (10), 0:36||Mar 7, 1987||23 years, 357 days||Las Vegas Hilton, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|31||Win||29–2||Livingstone Bramble||KO||2 (15), 2:28||Sep 26, 1986||23 years, 195 days||Abel Holtz Stadium, Miami Beach, Florida, US||Won WBA lightweight title|
|30||Loss||28–2||Hector Camacho||SD||12||Jun 13, 1986||23 years, 90 days||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US||For WBC lightweight title|
|29||Win||28–1||Roque Montoya||KO||7 (10), 1:25||Dec 27, 1985||22 years, 287 days||Latham Coliseum, Latham, New York, US|
|28||Win||27–1||Frankie Randall||PTS||10||Jun 16, 1985||22 years, 93 days||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, UK|
|27||Win||26–1||Alberto Ramos||KO||2 (10), 1:08||Apr 15, 1985||22 years, 31 days||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US|
|26||Win||25–1||Eduardo Valdez||TKO||3 (10), 1:36||Mar 13, 1985||21 years, 363 days||Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|25||Loss||24–1||José Luis Ramírez||TKO||4 (12), 2:52||Nov 3, 1984||21 years, 233 days||Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico||Lost WBC lightweight title|
|24||Win||24–0||Howard Davis Jr.||SD||12||Jun 23, 1984||21 years, 100 days||Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico||Retained WBC lightweight title|
|23||Win||23–0||Roberto Elizondo||TKO||1 (12), 1:57||Mar 17, 1984||21 years, 2 days||Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico||Retained WBC lightweight title|
|22||Win||22–0||José Luis Ramírez||UD||12||May 1, 1983||20 years, 47 days||Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico||Won vacant WBC lightweight title|
|21||Win||21–0||Edwin Viruet||TKO||3 (10), 1:37||May 30, 1982||19 years, 76 days||The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|20||Win||20–0||Dennis Quimayousie||TKO||1 (10), 1:52||Mar 21, 1982||19 years, 6 days||Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|19||Win||19–0||Ezzard Charles Adams||KO||3 (10), 2:07||Jan 30, 1982||18 years, 321 days||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|18||Win||18–0||Ernesto Herrera||KO||3 (10), 2:02||Dec 10, 1981||18 years, 270 days||Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa, Florida, US|
|17||Win||17–0||Roberto Garcia||KO||2 (10), 1:45||Nov 14, 1981||18 years, 244 days||Caesars Palace, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|16||Win||16–0||James Martinez||UD||10||Sep 16, 1981||18 years, 185 days||Caesars Palace, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|15||Win||15–0||Rodrigo Aguirre||KO||8 (10), 2:38||Jul 18, 1981||18 years, 125 days||Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida, US|
|14||Win||14–0||Refugio Rojas||KO||2 (10), 1:47||Jun 25, 1981||18 years, 102 days||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US|
|13||Win||13–0||Jose Resendez||TKO||6 (8), 2:09||May 23, 1981||18 years, 69 days||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|12||Win||12–0||Tony Tris||TKO||4 (10)||Apr 10, 1981||18 years, 26 days||Felt Forum, New York City, New York, US|
|11||Win||11–0||Javier Flores||TKO||9 (10), 2:56||Aug 22, 1980||17 years, 160 days||Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|10||Win||10–0||Jose Luis Lara||TKO||2 (10)||Jul 7, 1980||17 years, 114 days||Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, Minnesota, US|
|9||Win||9–0||Pascual Polanco||TKO||4 (10)||Mar 10, 1980||16 years, 361 days||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|8||Win||8–0||Leopoldo Frias||KO||2 (8)||Feb 18, 1980||16 years, 340 days||Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|7||Win||7–0||Pancho Muletta||KO||2 (8)||Sep 22, 1979||16 years, 191 days||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|6||Win||6–0||James Sowell||KO||2 (8)||Aug 1, 1979||16 years, 139 days||Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles, California, US|
|5||Win||5–0||Jose Villegas||RTD||5 (8)||Jul 20, 1979||16 years, 127 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, US|
|4||Win||4–0||Julio Miranda||KO||4 (8)||May 12, 1979||16 years, 58 days||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
|3||Win||3–0||Enrique Maldonado||KO||3 (8)||Mar 27, 1979||16 years, 12 days||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
|2||Win||2–0||Juan Caro||KO||1 (8)||Mar 4, 1979||15 years, 354 days||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
|1||Win||1–0||Jorge Ortega||KO||2 (8)||Mar 3, 1979||15 years, 353 days||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
Legacy and honors edit
See also edit
- One Stop Analogue Video Shop (April 23, 2018). "Edwin Rosario Death News Report - Spanish Broadcast". Archived from the original on November 9, 2020 – via YouTube.
- "Edwin Rosario Is Dead at 34, Troubled Boxing Champion", New York Times, December 3, 1997
- "Ring Magazine's 100 Greatest Punchers". Boxing.about.com. April 9, 2012. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved June 13, 2012.