At the age of 21, Jean is a three-year pro. A sensational prospect at 122 pounds, he is one of the brightest young talents from Puerto Rico – before his debut, he was an amateur standout.
He stayed active with three fights in 2015 and four in 2016, and has already fought three times in 2017. He has had six fights scheduled for six rounds – he’s been the full six-round distance three times, and has a sixth-round knockout win to his credit, as well. He stepped up to eight-round status in his last two fights, and went the full eight rounds in April.
In his last fight on July 28 in Kissimmee, Florida, he won by third-round TKO against Juan Carlos Benavides. The scheduled eight-rounder was co-featured at the Kissimmee Civic Center, and Jean dominated the fight – he pressed forward, consistently landed the harder punches, and wore down Benavides with repeated body punches. Jean scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Benavides to the seat of his trunks about a minute into the first round. He scored two more knockdowns in the fourth – the first with a series of punches, the second with a left hook – and the referee stopped the fight in mid-count at 1:50.
Trainer Alex Lopez said, “I’ve trained Jean since he was 11 years old and my wife, Miriam, is his manager.
“We named him ‘Chapito.’ I grew up in the gym in Puerto Rico with Edwin Rosario, the lightweight champion of the world, and his nickname was ‘Chapo.’ I fought as an amateur and I used to train with Rosario in the gym. I also started training fighters at a young age, and I helped train Rosario when I was younger, too. I also trained with Wilfredo Vazquez, Juan Nazario – they were all world champions.
“Jean is similar to Rosario – he can box and he can crack with both hands. He’s a natural-born puncher, just like Chapo was, so we named him Chapito – Little Chapo.
“This kid was born to be great.”
Jean said, “I train at Lopez Boxing Gym here in Orlando, Florida. We’ve got a couple of pros in the gym around my weight class or a little heavier and we usually spar each other. We have other friends who are pro boxers and amateur boxers, and they come and help us out before fights.
“My style – I’m more of an old-style Puerto Rican fighter. I move and use angles, but I switch up if I have to – if the fight is toe-to-toe, I’ll fight toe-to-toe. I do whatever I have to do to win, but mostly I’m a boxer.”
Regarding his nickname, he said, “The first week that I was in the gym with my trainer, we were doing the mitts. He felt my power and just started calling me Chapito – Little Chapo.”