José Antonio Rivera
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|Jose Antonio Rivera|
José Antonio Rivera (left) in October 2007
|Real name||Jose Antonio Rivera|
|Height||5 ft. 8 in. (173 cm.)|
|Born||April 7, 1973|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Wins by KO||24|
He is a former WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion.
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.
|Minor world boxing titles|
Title last held byKevin Lueshing
| IBO welterweight champion
April 25, 1997 – 1998
Title next held byDingaan Thobela
|Major world boxing titles|
Title last held byRicardo Mayorga
Elevated to super champ
| WBA welterweight champion
September 13, 2003–April 2, 2005
| WBA light middleweight champion
May 6, 2006–January 6, 2007