Puerto Rico is famous for beautiful beaches, year-round tropical weather, talented baseball players and music stars like Jose Feliciano, Ednita Nazario and Ricky Martin. Puerto Ricans have also excelled in boxing, many having been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Here are some facts about Puerto Rico’s best boxers.
10. The first Puerto Rican world champion
Sixto Escobar became the first Puerto Rican boxing world champion in 1937, triumphing in the bantamweight. While Escobar’s first name resembles the word for sixth in Spanish, he has the distinction of being Puerto Rico’s first boxing world champion. As a result of his achievements, a stadium in San Juan bears his name.