fighter

Jean Rivera

Weightclass: Super Bantamweight

  • 12wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 7kos

AGE:
21
Birthplace:
Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Height:
5’7”
reach:
67"
Managers:
Miriam Lopez
Trainers:
Alex Lopez

fighter feed

Jean "Chapito" Rivera

 

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.”

fight history

  • 2014

    Fight by Fight – On 6-28-14 in Mayaguez, PR, he won by knockout (1st round) against Jean Carlos Molina (0-4): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard at Palacio de los Deportes; Jean scored two knockdowns in the 1st round – the first with a series of punches, the second with a left hook to the body – and Molina was counted out at 1:42.

    He debuted at the age of 19 on 3-22-14 in Ponce, PR, and won a 4 round unanimous decision against Kevin Vazquez (debut): the bout was on the undercard at Auditorio Juan Pachín Vicéns; Jean dominated the fight and won by scores of 40-35, 40-35, 39-36.

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  • 2015

    Fight by Fight – On 12-11-15 in San Juan, PR, he won by TKO (4th round) against Josue Declet (2-0-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Felix Verdejo-Josenilson Dos Santos main event; Jean dominated the fight and steadily wore down Declet; he rocked Declet with a series of punches in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:21.

    On 10-31-15 in Kissimmee, FL, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Jovany Fuentes (6-6): the bout was one of the co-features at the Osceola Heritage Center; Fuentes gave a good effort, but Jean consistently outboxed him, landed the harder punches, and dominated the fight; scored 59-55, 59-55, 60-54.

    On 8-15-15 in Bayamon, PR, he won by knockout (1st round) against lefthanded Jose Roman (0-2): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, and Jean quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round – the first with a left hook to the head, the second with a left hook to the body – and Roman was counted out at 2:37.

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  • 2016

    Fight by Fight – On 11-18-16 in Kissimmee he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Pedro Melo (12-13-2): the bout was on the undercard at the Osceola Heritage Center, and Jean dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Melo, landed the harder punches, and won by shutout scores of 60-54 on all three scorecards.

    On 9-23-16 in Kissimmee, FL, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Raul Chirino (7-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at the Osceola Heritage Center, and Jean dominated the fight; he consistently landed the harder punches, quickly wore down Chirino, and he did not continue after the 2nd round.

    On 6-11-16 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (6th round) against Heriberto Delgado (11-4-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Vasyl Lomachenko-Roman Martinez main event, and Jean dominated the fight; he pressed forward, landed the harder punches, and steadily wore down Delgado; Jean scored a knockdown early in the 6th round – Delgado got up, but Jean rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 0:49.

    On 4-16-16 in San Juan, PR, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Harold Reyes (2-3-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Felix Verdejo-Jose Luis Rodriguez main event, and it was a good fight; Reyes gave a determined effort, but Jean consistently landed the harder punches and rocked him several times; scored 58-54, 58-54, 57-55.

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