The tiny island nation of Puerto Rico has produced some of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport.
Fighters like Wilfred Benitez, Wilfredo Gomez, Jose Torres, and Edwin Rosario are just a few of the ring legends for Puerto Rico who have been inducted in to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Miguel Cotto, Ivan Calderon and the great Felix “Tito” Trinidad should all be first ballot Hall of Famers as soon as they are eligible.
So who is the next the Puerto Rican icon in the sport of boxing?
Juan Manuel Lopez looked to be on his way, but after suffering two vicious knockouts at the hands of Mexico’s Orlando Salido, he may never be the same fighter again.
Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. was also on his way to reaching hero status until he suffered a couple of setbacks against Jorge Arce and Nonito Donaire. His next fight is against Mexico’s Rafael Marquez. With a win over Marquez, he could be back on his way to the reaching icon status in Puerto Rico.
For this list I will focus on young fighters who have not yet tasted defeat in the ring.