José Antonio Rivera

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Jose Antonio Rivera
José Antonio Rivera vs. Daniel Santos.jpg
José Antonio Rivera (left) in October 2007
Real nameJose Antonio Rivera
Nickname(s)El Gallo
Height5 ft. 8 in. (173 cm.)
NationalityUnited States American
Born (1973-04-07) April 7, 1973 (age 45)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights48
Wins by KO24
No contests0

José Antonio Rivera (born April 7, 1973) is an American professional boxer of Puerto Rican descent in the super welterweight (154 lb) division.

He is a former WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion.

Professional career[edit]

October 1992 marked the date Jose became a professional boxer. From here he fought his way to becoming Massachusetts State Champion twice, the USBA Regional Champion, the IBO World Champion, and the NABA Champion.

On September 13, 2003, in Germany, Jose fought unbeaten European Champion Michel Trabant and walked away with the WBA Welterweight Championship of the World.

On April 2, 2005, in his defense of the WBA title, Jose lost a very close split decision to his challenger Luis Collazo.

On May 6, 2006, Jose would move up a weight class to Junior Middleweight and fight Champion Alejandro Garcia. He managed to knock him down five times and won to become the new WBA Champion.

On January 6, 2007, Jose defended his new WBA title against Travis Simms but lost in a ninth round TKO (Technical Knock Out).

In October he was KOd by Daniel Santos. He had announced his intention to retire before that fight, and did so.

Jose made a brief one-fight comeback in August 2008, beating Clarence Taylor in an 8-round decision, then retired again after suffering a hand injury. He plans to make a second comeback in his hometown of Worcester, Mass., on May 20, 2011, against Luis Maysonet.

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Sporting positions
Minor world boxing titles
Title last held by
Kevin Lueshing
IBO welterweight champion
April 25, 1997 – 1998
Title next held by
Dingaan Thobela
Major world boxing titles
Title last held by
Ricardo Mayorga
Elevated to super champ
WBA welterweight champion
Regular title

September 13, 2003–April 2, 2005
Succeeded by
Luis Collazo
Preceded by
Alejandro García
WBA light middleweight champion
May 6, 2006–January 6, 2007
Succeeded by
Travis Simms