Puerto Rico has produced numerous world-class fighters and world champions. Wilfredo Benitez, Wilfredo Vazquez, Wilfredo Gomez, Juan LaPorte, Edwin Rosario, Felix Trinidad and Jose Torres are guys that come to mind when you mention Puerto Rican fighters of the past.Recently, Miguel Cotto and Kermit Cintron created quite a stir in the early parts of their respective careers. While they both are fighting and clawing to get back to the top, a pair of newer and lighter Puerto Rican pugilists are looking to etch their names into boxing history.
The son of aforementioned Wilfredo Vazquez and Roman "Rocky" Martinez are the young world champions looking to carve their legacies into boxing history forever as the best fighters ever. They both recently won world titles and are set to defend them soon. The one thing that comes with being on top is fighting even harder to stay there.
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr is the son of former three division champion Wilfredo Vazquez. The younger Vazquez, who got his start later in life, is also trained by his famous father. They are the third father-son combination to win a world title, but the first to do so in the same weight class. Vazquez boasts of a 19-0-1 (16KO's) record and the WBO super bantamweight title. With his raw talent and father to guide him, the possibilities are limitless for the young Vazquez. Perhaps there will be unification bouts with fellow title holders Steve Molitor or Japanese WBC boss Toshiaki Nishioka. Or a move in weight to challenge fellow Puerto Rican titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez or Mexican IBF king Orlando Salindo . Or perhaps speculation is too soon and he needs time to develop. Only time will tell as he recovers from his first title defense over Zsolt Bedak .
Roman "Rocky" Martinez is a another young, fast, hard-punching, and fan friendly Puerto Rican pugilist. He boasts of a 24-0-1 (14KO's ) record. Rocky has won lesser versions of the WBO title before knocking Nicky Cook unconscious with a left hook in Manchester, England to claim the linear superfeatherweight WBO title. He also currently holds the NABO superfeatherweight title. Martinez has defended his titles twice by knockout against Feider Viloria and Gonzalo Munguia .
The future Roman "Rocky" Martinez is also bright and limitless. His potential seemingly has no ceiling and possibilities are endless. He has a chance to follow in the footsteps of his fellow Puerto Rican predecessors and become a multiple divisional champion, as he has already flirted with the lightweight division.
The road above becomes very rough as the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Acosta, Humberto Soto, Devon Alexander, Timothy Bradley, Amir Khan and Cory Spinks await him. These seasoned fighters will not back down from him and thus will make exciting fights in the near future.
Perhaps these two stablemates could be on collision course for each other. However, that is not very likely, but in this unpredictable business anything is possible.