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Olympian Yankiel Rivera officially makes the jump to professional boxing

Yankiel Rivera will debut in rented boxing on September 17 during a card that Fresh Promotions will present at the Cosme Beitía Coliseum in Cataño.


Yankiel Rivera will debut in rented on September 17 during a card that Fresh Promotions will present at the Cosme Beitía Coliseum in Cataño.

“I am well trained, well worked and motivated,” Rivera said.

The boxer explained that several promotional companies presented him with offers, however, for the moment he will remain a free agent. Miguel Cotto Promotions is one of the companies interested in the young man who represented Puerto Rico during the last Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“The strategy is to do three or four fights without a contract, which as a general rule is for five or six years. I want to do several fights first to wait if something good comes out,” he shared.

The fight will be six rounds at 112 pounds.

“I don’t like four-round fights because if you take a knock down, it could end in a draw. I prefer more rounds because the gloves are different, the bandage is also different,” he said.

Rivera had talks with the Puerto Rican Boxing Federation, as well as with the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee (Copur) to remain on the National Team with a view to qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. However, the negotiations did not progress as anticipated. , so he chose to try his luck in professionalism.

“I already went to an Olympics and since we did not reach an agreement, it was time to take the leap,” he concluded.