Wilfredo Vázquez Olivera (born August 2, 1960) is a Puerto Rican former professional boxer who competed from 1981 to 2002. He held world championships in three weight classes, including the WBA bantamweight title from 1987 to 1988, the WBA super bantamweight title from 1992 to 1995, and the WBA and lineal featherweight titles from 1996 to 1998. His son, Wilfredo Vázquez Jr., is also a former boxer and world champion.

Wilfredo Vázquez
Wilfredo Vázquez Olivera

(1960-08-02) August 2, 1960 (age 63)
Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Other names
  • Wil
  • El Orgullo de Puerto Rico
    ("The Pride of Puerto Rico")
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)[1]
Reach63 in (160 cm)[1]
Boxing record
Total fights68
Wins by KO41
No contests1

Early life and amateur career edit

Vázquez was born in Río Piedras, one of the largest districts of San Juan, but he was raised in Bayamón.[2] Unlike most Puerto Rican boxers, he began practicing the basics of boxing when he was 18 years old. Vázquez began training on November 1978, two weeks after the death of his father, Juan Vázquez.[3] His decision was directly influenced by his father's desire of having a son that practiced boxing. Juan Vázquez was a follower of Wilfredo Gómez and died shortly after purchasing tickets for Gomez's fight against Carlos Zarate.[3] This affected Vázquez, who decided to mimic Gómez and win a professional world championship, drawing motivation from his accomplishments.[3] He began training at Ruiz Soler gym, where he met several boxers that he regarded as "world class" material, but all of them failed to reach success after following other paths. As an amateur, Vázquez fought 17 times, losing three contests.[3] He didn't pursue a spot in Puerto Rico's national boxing team, considering that at his age it would be hard to earn a spot, while being expecting to earn money quickly as a professional. Vázquez married Alice Lozada, with whom he has three sons, Wilfredo, Jr., Noel and Israel.[2]

Professional career edit

Vázquez debuted as a professional on January 29, 1981, training under the guidance of Manny Siaca. In this contest, he lost to William Ramos by unanimous decision in a four-round fight.[4] After this fight, he won his first victory in his second fight, defeating Felix Cortez by knockout in two rounds. This was followed by a second knockout against Roberto Mercedes, who debuted against Vázquez.[4] On April 30, 1981, he scored the first draw of his career, in a six-round fight against Eusebio Espinal. Vázquez's first contest outside of Puerto Rico was against Reinaldo Roque, whom he defeated by knockout in Miami, Florida. In his next match, he won the first decision of his career scoring a points victory over Herminio Adorno. Vázquez was scheduled to participate in Don King's Carnival of Champions card, where Gómez and Wilfred Benítez competed, but an injury suffered during training left him out of the event.[4] In the last fight of this year, he defeated Pedro Alindato by knockout. On March 3, 1982, Vázquez beat Orlando Perez by points. He would fight eight more times during this year, all of them in New York City or Las Vegas. In these fights, Vázquez defeated Ion Trian, Jose Luis Martinez, Sonny Long and Rudy Perez twice. In 1983, he fought five times, winning every contest by knockout.[4] His opponents during this time frame were: Euginio Paulino, Andres Torres, Robert Mullins, Ramón Cruz and Pedro Rodriguez. On March 17, 1984, Vázquez defeated Juan "Chiqui" Torres by knockout in the fourth round to win the vacant Puerto Rican bantamweight title.[4] In his next fight, Vázquez received the first no contest of his career against Julio Guerrero. He closed the year defeating Javier Barajas and Norgie Castro.[4] In 1985, Vázquez had a slow year, only fighting twice. His only contests were against Jeff Whaley and Osvaldo Acevedo, both of whom he defeated by technical knockout.[4]

First title shot edit

On February 8, 1986, Vázquez received his first opportunity for a world championship against Miguel "Happy" Lora, who held the World Boxing Council's bantamweight championship. Vázquez received a knockdown the second round, before scoring one in the fourth round. After twelve rounds, the judges awarded Lora a unanimous decision.[4] His next fight was against José "Pambelito" Cervantes, who had fought for the WBC's super bantamweight championship five years earlier. Vázquez won this contest by knockout in the third round.[4] After losing to Antonio Avelar by eighth round knockout, he concluded the year defeating Jesus Muñiz. On March 14, 1987, Vázquez defeated Juan Carazo by technical knockout in the first round.[4] Less than a month later, he defeated Lee Cargle in five rounds.[4]

WBA bantamweight champion edit

On October 4, 1987, Vázquez earned a second titular opportunity, receiving a fight against Chan-yong Park in South Korea. He won the fight by knockout in the tenth round to become the World Boxing Association's champion.[4] Vázquez's first defense was versus Takuya Muguruma in a card organized in Osaka. The fight was declared a draw, although two of the judges scored it 116-114 and 117-112 in favor of Vázquez, while the third considered it a 115-115 tie.[5] Subsequently, he defended against Kaokor Galaxy in Thailand, losing by split decision. The scores were 112-115 and 113-115 in favor of Galaxy and 114-113 in favor of Vázquez.[5] Three months later, he returned to action against Raúl Pérez, but lost by unanimous decision in 10 rounds. Following this defeat, Vázquez signed a contract with Felix "Tutico" Zabala who managed to secure a regional title fight against Fernie Morales.[5] The contest was for the International Boxing Federation's Inter-Continental bantamweight championship, in twelve rounds, Vázquez earned a points victory. This was followed by a knockout victory in preparatory fight against Patrick Kamy, which was part of a card organized in Spain. On June 19, 1990, Vázquez fought against Israel Contreras, who won by knockout, earning what was regarded as an unexpected victory.[5] After recovering from this loss, he defeated Joe Orewa to win the International Boxing Council's super bantamweight title on September 10, 1990. Vázquez closed the year with a technical knockout victory over Atenor Solar.[5] On April 8, 1991, he defeated Paquito Openo by knockout in seven rounds.

WBA super bantamweight champion edit

This win earned Vázquez an opportunity for the WBA's super bantamweight championship. The fight was a rematch against Raúl Pérez and it took place on March 27, 1992. After scoring a knockdown in the second round, Vázquez defeated Pérez by technical knockout in the third, when the fight was interrupted seconds after a second knockdown.[5] After defeating Juan Batista Bisono in a preparatory fight, Vázquez began a series of successful defenses. The first of these was a majority decision over Freddy Cruz in Italy. This was followed by victories over Thierry Jacob, Luis Enrique Mendoza, Thierry Jacob, a controversial points win against Juan Polo Perez in France, Hiroaki Yokota and Yūichi Kasai in Japan and Jae-Won Choi and Orlando Canizales in the United States.[5] Due to his tendency of competing in title fights outside of Puerto Rico, Vázquez became known as El Viajero, Spanish for "the traveler".[2] His fight against Canizales was recognized by Home Box Office as the best in the division.[5] On May 13, 1995, he competed in his first defense in Bayamón, losing the fight against Antonio Cermeño by points.[6] In his first fight since this loss, Vázquez scored a solid victory over Pablo "Mulato" Valenzuela.[6] After this fight, he returned to action in Ponce, defeating Carlos Rocha by knockout in the first round. His last fight of the year was against Jose Luis Velazquez whom he defeated by technical knockout to win the vacant WBA Fedelatin featherweight championship.[6]

WBA and lineal featherweight champion edit

On May 18, 1996, Vázquez fought Eloy Rojas for the lineal & WBA featherweight championships in Las Vegas. Rojas held the championships and entered the fight with a record of 33-1, which made him a favorite to retain the titles.[6] Until the eleventh round, Rojas had a lead in all of the judges' scorecards, with scores of 98-92, 92-100 and 94-96. During the break between rounds, his corner told Vázquez that he was losing, surprising him since he considered that the fight was close to the point of being tied.[6] Realizing this fact, he pressured the offensive, scoring two knockdowns which prompted the referee to stop the fight as a technical knockout. On December 7, 1996, Vázquez made his first defense of the titles against Bernardo Mendoza. He dominated the first four rounds by boxing, limiting his offense while Mendoza presented a timid offensive.[6] During the final minute of the fifth round, Vázquez noticed an opening in Mendoza's defense and landed a combination that scored a knockdown. Mendoza was able to stand before the conclusion of the protection count, but his corner submitted following a second knockdown.[6] On August 23, 1997, Vázquez defended against Roque Cassiani. Throughout the fight, Cassini moved his head from side to side, which resulted in multiple head butts.[6] Due to this, Vázquez pursued the offensive but retained a cautious approach. In the tenth round, he slipped and fell to the floor as Cassini threw a punch, which was scored as a knockdown.[7] Vázquez was eventually declared the winner by unanimous decision, with scores 118-110, 116-112 and 116-110. On November 8, 1997, he defeated Genaro Ríos to retain for the third time. In March 1998, the WBA stripped the championship from Vázquez, citing that he failed to meet the organisation's regulation by not signing a contract against their first contender, Antonio Cermeño, within the established time.[7] He openly expressed anger over the issue, citing that a contract was solicited but not signed due to managerial differences with Don King.[7]

Vázquez vs. Hamed edit

This was followed by a contest against the World Boxing Organization's champion, Naseem Hamed. The fight took place on April 18, 1998, being held in Manchester.[7] Hamed used his speed to control the offensive, scoring four knockdowns. In the seventh round, the referee stopped the contest following a second consecutive knockdown. Vázquez's best round was the fifth, where he outscored Hamed, landing 26 punches against 4.[8] Vázquez would lose his lineal championship to Hamed. This was the most lucrative fight of his career, when he received $600,000 as payment.[8] This fight caused tension within his family, who were being informed by telephone of the results. From this point onwards, Vázquez began fighting sporadically.

Later career edit

In 2000, he returned after a year on inactivity, defeating Antonio Oscar Salas and Russell Mosley before losing to Juan Lazcano in a contest for the vacant NABF lightweight championship.[9] On December 13, 200, he announced his retirement, but returned to action on February 22, 2002, defeating José Alfonso Rodríguez. Vázquez closed his career that year after defeating Julio César Cardona and Eddie Saenz twice, including his last fight that was held in Bayamón.[9]

Retirement and legacy edit

Following his first retirement, Vázquez followed a practice done also by other pugilists, such as Juan Laporte, Félix Trinidad, Julio César Chávez, Bobby Czyz, Sean O'Grady, Sugar Ray Leonard, Santos Laciar, Lennox Lewis, Roy Jones Jr. and Héctor Camacho among others, deciding to become a boxing commentator. Since he was sure that this retirement was definitive, the pugilist joined Univision and began narrating fights along the network's other sportscasters.[9] Following his second retirement, Vázquez began working as a boxing trainer. Under this office, he has most notably trained his two sons, Wilfredo and Israel. Vázquez, Jr. debuted as a professional on December 8, 2006, being managed by Rubén Zavala and his promotion All Star Boxing. Vázquez has expressed that he didn't want his son to become a boxer, expecting him to study and develop a profession within the fields of law, but he accepted to train him after noticing real interest, despite knowing that he lacked any amateur experience.[10] Subsequently, he noted his interest to be one half of the first father and son duo to win world championships in Puerto Rico. On September 12, 2008, Vázquez, Jr. won his first professional championship, the WBO Latino super bantamweight title, before incorporating the WBA Fedecentro super bantamweight title to his résumé two months later.[11][12] On February 27, 2010, Vázquez, Jr. won the WBO's super bantamweight world championship joining his father as the third father-and-son combination to win world championships. They also became the first to do so in the same division. Israel Vázquez debuted on his brother's second defense, competing in the light flyweight division.

Outside of the championships won as an active boxer, Vázquez also received other recognitions due to his work. In 1996, he received the Frank Parilla Award from the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission, which is awarded to the boxer that is universally regarded as the best Puerto Rican Boxer of the year.[9] He won this recognition after he made history by becoming the first boxer to win three separate titles within the same organisation, in this case the World Boxing Association.[13] That same year, the WBA gave him the award for "Best Latin American Boxer of the Year". Vázquez subsequently commented that he expected to win the "Boxer of the Year" award that was won by Evander Holyfield, but he accepted the selection under the circumstances.[13] He is the only Puerto Rican boxer to be honored by having a long-distance foot race named after him, with the "Maratón Wilfredo Vázquez" being held annually in Bayamón since 1988.[13]

Prior to many of his fights, Vázquez spent months training for them at Toluca, Mexico, a city that was also favored by such other boxing luminaries as Chávez and Salvador Sánchez for such practice

Professional boxing record edit

68 fights 56 wins 9 losses
By knockout 41 4
By decision 15 5
Draws 2
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
68 Win 56–9–2 (1) Eddy Saenz KO 2 Oct 11, 2002 Cancha Pepín Cestero, Bayamón, Puerto Rico
67 Win 55–9–2 (1) Eddy Saenz TKO 4 (8) Jun 28, 2002 Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida, U.S.
66 Win 54–9–2 (1) Julio Cesar Cardona TKO 2 (8) Apr 12, 2002 Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.
65 Win 53–9–2 (1) Juan Alfonso Rodriguez UD 8 Feb 22, 2002 Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.
64 Loss 52–9–2 (1) Juan Lazcano TKO 9 (12), 0:59 Jun 16, 2000 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For vacant NABF lightweight title
63 Win 52–8–2 (1) Russell Mosley KO 3 (8) Apr 15, 2000 Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
62 Win 51–8–2 (1) Antonio Oscar Salas UD 8 Mar 11, 2000 Dade College, Miami Florida, U.S.
61 Loss 50–8–2 (1) Naseem Hamed TKO 7 (12), 2:29 Apr 18, 1998 NYNEX Arena, Manchester, England For WBO featherweight title
60 Win 50–7–2 (1) Genaro Rios UD 12 Nov 8, 1997 Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA featherweight title
59 Win 49–7–2 (1) Roque Cassiani UD 12 Jun 4, 1988 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBA featherweight title
58 Win 48–7–2 (1) Yuji Watanabe KO 5 (12), 0:31 Mar 30, 1997 Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan Retained WBA featherweight title
57 Win 47–7–2 (1) Bernardo Mendoza KO 5 (12), 2:37 Dec 7, 1996 Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S. Retained WBA featherweight title
56 Win 46–7–2 (1) Eloy Rojas TKO 11 (12), 2:38 May 18, 1996 The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBA featherweight title
55 Win 45–7–2 (1) Jose Luis Velazquez TKO 3 (12) Dec 9, 1995 Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico Won vacant WBA Fedelatin featherweight title
54 Win 44–7–2 (1) Carlos Rocha KO 1 (10) Oct 26, 1995 Ponce, Puerto Rico
53 Win 43–7–2 (1) Pablo Valenzuela UD 12 Aug 26, 1995 Miami, Florida, U.S.
52 Loss 42–7–2 (1) Antonio Cermeño UD 12 May 13, 1995 Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón, Puerto Rico Lost WBA super bantamweight title
51 Win 42–6–2 (1) Orlando Canizales SD 12 Jan 7, 1995 Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Retained WBA super bantamweight title
50 Win 41–6–2 (1) Juan Polo Perez UD 12 Oct 13, 1994 Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, France Retained WBA super bantamweight title
49 Win 40–6–2 (1) Jae-Won Choi TKO 2 (12), 1:46 Jul 7, 1994 The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA super bantamweight title
48 Win 39–6–2 (1) Yūichi Kasai TKO 1 (12), 2:05 Mar 2, 1994 Metropolitan Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan Retained WBA super bantamweight title
47 Win 38–6–2 (1) Hiroaki Yokota UD 12 Nov 18, 1993 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan Retained WBA super bantamweight title
46 Win 37–6–2 (1) Thierry Jacob KO 10 (12), 1:30 Jun 24, 1993 Vélodrome, Bordeaux, France Retained WBA super bantamweight title
45 Win 36–6–2 (1) Luis Mendoza UD 12 Mar 6, 1993 Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, France Retained WBA super bantamweight title
44 Win 35–6–2 (1) Thierry Jacob TKO 8 (12), 0:52 Dec 5, 1992 Palais des Sports, Berck, France Retained WBA super bantamweight title
43 Win 34–6–2 (1) Freddy Cruz MD 12 Jun 27, 1992 Palazzetto dello Sport, Gorle, Italy Retained WBA super bantamweight title
42 Win 33–6–2 (1) Juan Batista Bisono TKO 3, 2:30 May 1, 1992 Miami, Florida, U.S.
41 Win 32–6–2 (1) Raúl Pérez TKO 3 (12), 2:27 Mar 27, 1992 Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico Won WBA super bantamweight title
40 Win 31–6–2 (1) Paquito Openo KO 7 Apr 8, 1991 Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
39 Win 30–6–2 (1) Atenor Solar TKO 2 Nov 14, 1990 Zaragoza, Spain
38 Win 29–6–2 (1) Joe Orewa TKO 12 (12) Sep 10, 1990 Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Won IBC super bantamweight title
37 Loss 28–6–2 (1) Israel Contreras KO 1 (10), 2:57 Jun 19, 1990 Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium, Miami, Florida, U.S.
36 Win 28–5–2 (1) Patrick Kamy KO 1 (8) Feb 9, 1990 Zaragoza, Spain
35 Win 27–5–2 (1) Fernie Morales SD 12 Oct 26, 1989 El Paso, Texas, U.S. Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental bantamweight title
34 Loss 26–5–2 (1) Raúl Pérez UD 10 Aug 1, 1988 Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
33 Loss 26–4–2 (1) Kaokor Galaxy SD 12 May 9, 1988 Indoor Stadium Huamark, Bangkok, Thailand Lost WBA bantamweight title
32 Draw 26–3–2 (1) Takuya Muguruma MD 12 Jan 17, 1988 Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan Retained WBA bantamweight title
31 Win 26–3–1 (1) Park Chan-yong TKO 10 (15), 2:18 Oct 4, 1987 Hilton Hotel, Seoul, South Korea Won WBA bantamweight title
30 Win 25–3–1 (1) Lee Cargle TKO 5 Apr 11, 1987 San Juan, Puerto Rico
29 Win 24–3–1 (1) Juan Carazo TKO 1 Mar 14, 1987 San Juan, Puerto Rico
28 Win 23–3–1 (1) Jesus Muniz KO 8 (10) Oct 4, 1986 San Juan, Puerto Rico
27 Loss 22–3–1 (1) Antonio Avelar TKO 8 May 30, 1986 Tijuana, Mexico
26 Win 22–2–1 (1) Jose Cervantes KO 3 May 24, 1986 Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
25 Loss 21–2–1 (1) Miguel Lora UD 12 Feb 8, 1986 Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S. For WBC bantamweight title
24 Win 21–1–1 (1) Osvaldo Acevedo TKO 5 (10), 2:05 Aug 9, 1985 Tamiami Fairgrounds Auditorium, Miami, Florida, U.S.
23 Win 20–1–1 (1) Jeff Whaley TKO 3 (10), 2:33 Mar 13, 1985 Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
22 Win 19–1–1 (1) Norgie Castro KO 2, 1:17 Nov 3, 1984 Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico
21 Win 18–1–1 (1) Javier Barajas PTS 10 Sep 19, 1984 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
20 NC 17–1–1 (1) Julio Guerrero NC 2 (10) Jun 23, 1984 Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
19 Win 17–1–1 Juan Torres KO 4 (12) Mar 17, 1984 Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico Won vacant Puerto Rican bantamweight title
18 Win 16–1–1 Pedro Rodriguez TKO 3 Nov 25, 1983 Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
17 Win 15–1–1 Ramon Cruz KO 1 (10), 2:43 Oct 22, 1983 Tropicana, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
16 Win 14–1–1 Robert Mullins KO 3 (10), 2:45 Jul 22, 1983 Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
15 Win 13–1–1 Andres Torres KO 8 May 1, 1983 Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
14 Win 12–1–1 Euginio Paulino TKO 5 (8), 1:14 Feb 4, 1983 Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
13 Win 11–1–1 Rudy Perez KO 2 Oct 9, 1982 Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
12 Win 10–1–1 Sonny Long PTS 10 Aug 6, 1982 Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
11 Win 9–1–1 Jose Luis Martinez KO 2 Jun 26, 1982 Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
10 Win 8–1–1 Ion Trian KO 2 May 30, 1982 The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
9 Win 7–1–1 Rudy Perez PTS 6 Mar 21, 1982 Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
8 Win 6–1–1 Orlando Perez KO 7 Mar 3, 1982 Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
7 Win 5–1–1 Pedro Alindato KO 6 Aug 29, 1981 Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
6 Win 4–1–1 Herminio Adorno PTS 6 Aug 8, 1981 Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
5 Win 3–1–1 Reinaldo Roque KO 2 Jun 13, 1981 Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
4 Draw 2–1–1 Eusebio Espinal PTS 6 Apr 30, 1981 Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
3 Win 2–1 Roberto Mercedes KO 3 Mar 26, 1981 Bayamón, Puerto Rico
2 Win 1–1 Felix Cortez KO 2 Feb 26, 1981 Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
1 Loss 0–1 William Ramos PTS 4 Jan 29, 1981 Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b HBO Sports tale of the tape prior to the Naseem Hamed fight.
  2. ^ a b c Fonseca et al., p.264
  3. ^ a b c d Fonseca et al., p.265
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Fonseca et al., p.268
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Fonseca et al., p.269
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Fonseca et al., p.270
  7. ^ a b c d Fonseca et al., p. 271
  8. ^ a b Fonseca et al., p. 272
  9. ^ a b c d Fonseca et al., p. 273
  10. ^ Ismael Rubio (2009-05-24). "Con esfuerzo y humildad continúa su paso en el boxeo Wilfredo Vázquez Jr" (in Spanish). BoxeoMundial.com. Retrieved 2009-10-11.
  11. ^ Carlos González (2008-09-23). "Su famila es su razón de ser". Primera Hora (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2014-04-20. Retrieved 2009-10-12.
  12. ^ Jake Donovan (2008-11-22). "Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. Stops Victor Martinez In Twelve". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2009-10-12.
  13. ^ a b c Fonseca et al., p. 274

Further reading edit

  • Marvin Fonseca Barahona (2007). Puerto Rico: Cuna de Campeones (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Puerto Rico. ISBN 978-1-60643-254-9.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)

External links edit

Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Juan Torres
Puerto Rican
bantamweight champion

March 17, 1984 – February 1986
Title last held by
Robinson Mosquera
IBF Inter-Continental
bantamweight champion

October 26, 1989 – February 1990
Title next held by
Juvenal Berrio
Title last held by
Miguel Arrozal
WBA Fedelatin
featherweight champion

December 9, 1995 – May 18, 1996
Won world title
Title next held by
Roque Cassiani
Minor world boxing titles
Preceded by
Joe Orewa
IBC super bantamweight champion
September 10, 1990 – November 1990
Title next held by
Martin Ortegon
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by WBA bantamweight champion
October 4, 1987 – May 9, 1988
Succeeded by
Preceded by WBA super bantamweight champion
March 27, 1992 – May 13, 1995
Succeeded by
Preceded by WBA featherweight champion
May 18, 1996 – March 25, 1998
Title next held by
Freddie Norwood