Hall of Fame Professional Boxer. He was best known to boxing fans for a career that saw him hold world titles in two weight divisions and lasted from 1955 to 1972. He began his boxing career on February 14, 1955, when he knocked out Harry Bell in the first round. Four years later, he got a chance to go for the world junior welterweight championship and knocked out Kenny Lane in the second round to win the title. He went on to hold the title until September 1, 1960, when he lost to Duilio Loi. Two years later, he went down in weight and challenged then world lightweight champion Joe Brown to a title fight. He was successful in the fight with Brown and went on to hold the title for three years before losing to Ismael Laguna in April of 1965. He would go on to regain the title later in that year. He held the lightweight title for the next three years before losing to Carlos Cruz in 1968. He continued to fight until 1972, when he decided to retire. His career record was 61-7 with 30 wins by knockout. He was later inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He was considered one of the greatest fighters to come from the island of Puerto Rico.
Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye