After a year of
After a year of confinement due to a pandemic and where boxing survived thanks to an ingenious “bubble” format devised by veteran promoter Bob Arum who kept world sport active, Puerto Rico had its leading role, closing 2021.
Miguel Ángel Cotto Vázquez, the four-time division champion who in 2020 was left out of the International Boxing Hall of Fame amid a close vote during his first year of eligibility, finally became the thirteenth Puerto Rican fighter to enter the venue. of the immortals based in Canastota, New York.
Cotto, who finished his great career with a 41-6 record and 33 KO’s, and retired from the ring after his 2017 unanimous decision loss to Saddam Ali, made up the class of 2022 in which former champions Roy Jones were also elected. Jr., James Toney, and sensational ex-monarchs Regina Halmich and Hooly Holm.
The Cagüeño who won his fourth division in June 2014 by knocking out Argentine middleweight Sergio “La Maravilla” Martínez, the night before the exaltation of fellow former Puerto Rican champion Félix “Tito” Trinidad, had been mentioned among the favorites to form part of the class of 2021.
But there were many stars on the role, with Floyd Mayweather Jr., Wladimir Klitschko and Andre Ward being selected. In the female branch, Laila Ali and Anne Wolfe were elected.
Cotto is considered one of the best five Puerto Rican fighters of all time. During his career he faced the best of his era, including Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley and Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez, among many others during his 16-year professional career.
Puerto Rico has been well present in Canastota in the last 10 years. Trinidad was exalted in 2014 and Héctor ‘Macho’ Camacho in 2016. Historian Mario Rivera Martinó was posthumously included in the great hall in 2018 for his journalistic contribution and as an observer.
Jonathan “Bomba” González is crowned
Among other of Puerto Rico’s great moments in the sport of gloves, Jonathan “Bomba” González, a veteran boxer with a long career, finally achieved his dream of becoming a world champion.
González, 30, dethroned Mexican Elwin “La Pulga” Soto by split decision to win the World Boxing Organization (WBO) 108-pound title.
He was also the 62nd world champion from Puerto Rico and the only one in 2021 to win a title.