Advertisement: IBO Boxing
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com
Advertisement

Trinidad, Cotto React To Lack of Superstars in Puerto Rico

By Miguel Rivera

For the last few years, there has been a lack of boxing superstars in Puerto Rico.

Felix 'Tito' Trinidad was a mega-star with world titles at welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight.

After Trinidad retired in 2008, the superstar mantle was passed to Miguel Cotto, who captured world titles at 140, 147, 154 and 160 pounds.

miguel-cotto (4)_4

And then when Cotto finally retired in 2017, there was a deep gap in the boxing landscape of Puerto Rico.

Several possibilities to take the throne from Cotto have fizzled out.

Fighters like Emmanuel Rodriguez, Alberto Machado, Felix Verdejo, Jose Pedraza and Christopher Diaz have all tasted defeat at least once in the last two years.

Trinidad believes fighters are not being groomed in the right way, which has led to a drought of top level boxers from the country.

"During my career it was my father who sought out those great fights. Now there are managers who are also coaches and they want their boxer to last a long time and if they fear a certain boxer, then they step to the side so they don't lose the title so fast," Trinidad told Carlos Gonzalez.

"Don King was looking for an opponent and my father accepted it because he knew what kind of a boxer I was, what I could do against anyone. I faced Yory Boy Campas, Oba Carr, later De la Hoya, William Joppy and Bernard Hopkins. They were opponents that I did not avoid. In Puerto Rico there are many boxers who have avoided that hard road and do not get the opportunity to face the best in each division."

Cotto, however, agrees with some of what Trinidad is saying but maintains optimism about the future.

"We have had seasons of scarcity in Puerto Rican boxing, but the talents have always been and they will continue to be there in the future. Sooner or later a new breed of boxers will flourish," Cotto said.

Francisco Valcarcel, President of the Puerto Rico-based World Boxing Organization (WBO), has his own take on the topic.

"There is a lot of talent, but it takes time. There are a lot of prospects, but until now that top figure has not arrived. It is cyclical. Each year a figure like this emerges. First came Gómez, then Trinidad and then Cotto. The extraordinary boxers are not born every day, they are born every 10, 12 or 15 years. This pattern does not only happen in Puerto Rico, but also in different parts of the world," said Valcárcel.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Mr.365 on 05-25-2019

Are Ricans more focused on doing reggaeton instead of boxing? I dont follow baseball so are they even dominating that at least??

Comment by elfag on 05-25-2019

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;19770417]Danny has fought MANY mexicans but the PR vs Mex angle don't get much play. Hell his last fight was against a Mexican and in Cali and nobody treated it as some PR vs Mex showdown. Danny last 2 out…

Comment by elfag on 05-25-2019

Cotto is a fraud from Rhode Island who conned the Puerto Rican people and they took it hook line and sinker.

Comment by Abby26 on 05-25-2019

Everytime i rican comes up , a few Mex fighters ***** slap them down

Comment by Fonseca17 on 05-25-2019

The answer to this is easy: The island has gone soft.

ADD COMMENT VIEW COMMENTS (54)
Advertisement
Top Headlines
May 30 Show in Santo Domingo To Adopt WBA Safety Protocol Arum Doesn't Want Stevenson To Vacate Title Unless He Knows He's Staying At 130 Jack Culcay Back on June 12 in Berlin, After Event Application Approved Tyson Fury Supports Ring Return of Mike Tyson, Explains Why Usyk Smiles: Chisora Can Throw All He Wants - He Needs To Land Javier Martinez, 5x National Champion, To Turn Pro Under Split-T Management Promoter: Otto Wallin Can Be Ready in Near Future For Whyte, Joshua Jose Ramirez: I Can See Josh Taylor Fight Happening At O2 Arena In London Charlie Edwards Inks Promotional Pact With Frank Warren Saunders: Main Goal Is To Get 'Ginger B-llocks' Canelo In The Ring Ellerbe: Tank Can't Look Past Santa Cruz; There's A Reason Why Leo Called Him Out Buatsi: I Have To Learn To Be Able To Hang With Beterbiev, Bivol Olympic hero/nursing school grad? Trials champ Fulghum chasing peculiar double dip Kieran Gething Making The Best of Things in Lockdown Mike Tyson Explains How Wild Lifestyle With Women Cost Him His Fortune Whyte Warns Chisora: You Want To Get Brutally Knocked Out Again? Tyson Fury: Wilder Will Be More Dangerous Than The Last Fight! Canada's Boxing Gyms Are Carefully Weighing How To Reopen Munguia Has Good Chance To Knock Golovkin Out, Says Beltran Carlos Baldomir Files Appeal, Attempts To Get Out of Prison Hearn Believes Fury Will Retire After Two-Fight Series With Joshua Wanderlei Silva Claims $10 Million Offer From BKFC For Mike Tyson Joseph Parker Ring Return Might Land in Queenstown Holyfield: If Mike Tyson Throws Bombs, I'll Throw Bombs Right Back Whyte: Ngannou Reminds Me of That Other Deluded Coward Wilder Pacquiao Hits Back at Mayweather: He's Envious Because He's Retired! Diego Magdanelo Excited By PBC Pact, Eyes Gervonta Davis Zayas: Amazing Experience Graduating HS, Completed What I Promised My Mom Martin: Kownacki Was Pretty F--ked Up; Don’t Know If He Can Come Back From Loss Danny Garcia: If Spence Ain't Better, Don’t Get In The Ring; Don’t Want No Excuses Michael Conlan Tips Crawford To Beat Spence Should They Fight Boxing Without Boxing: Greb - Live Fast, Die Young TJ Doheny: It's All About Coming Back, Winning Impressively David Price: I've Earned The Right To Decide When I Retire! BKFC To Up $20 Million Offer To Mike Tyson For Bare Knuckle Fight Barrientes Twins Celebrate High School Graduation National Interest Exemption Could Pave The Way To The Return Of Big Time Boxing WBC Prez: Mayweather Fight Could Have Ended Canelo's Career Promoter: Frank Sanchez Wants To Step-Up, Fight Champions Caraballo's Promoter Feels Time is Right For Shakur Stevenson Fight
Advertisement
Advertisement
Latest Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement