Just 18 years old – and finishing his senior year in high school – Joseph recently signed a promotional contract with Top Rank. A sensational prospect at 130 pounds, he is a former amateur standout.
He is co-managed and co-trained by his father, Anibal Adorno, and Robert Garcia, the Boxing Writers Association of America’s “2012 Trainer of the Year.”
Joseph has stayed very active with four fights in his first six months as a pro, and has given very impressive performances.
In his last fight on May 26 in Chicago, he won by first-round TKO against David Quay.
Fightnews.com’s Craig Wick reported from ringside [excerpts]: Allentown, Pennsylvania’s Joseph Adorno took out David Quay, San Pedro, Honduras, at 2:59 of the opener in a scheduled super featherweight four.
Quay simply didn’t belong, as he was dropped three times, twice with combinations upstairs and another as a result of a wicked left hook to the body.
With the win, Adorno moves to 4-0, 4 KOs. [End Wick item]
After Joseph’s previous fight on March 10 in Philadelphia, Phillyboxinghistory.com’s John DiSanto commented, “Adorno looks like a sure bet.”
Co-manager and trainer Robert Garcia said, “My son, Robert Jr., told me about this kid. Some of my friends from San Antonio had seen him fight in the Junior Olympics and they told my son, ‘You’ve got to check out this kid, Joseph Adorno.’
“Most of the kids I manage and train are Mexican or Mexican-American, and Robert told me this kid is Puerto Rican. We’re not too familiar with their culture but I said, ‘Let’s check him out.’ Robert showed me some videos, and man, this kid’s got that Mexican style!
“I told Robert, ‘You’ve got to start reaching out to him and see if they want to meet us.’ The kid and his dad were very happy that we reached out to them. I was in San Antonio a few months ago and I met them there. I flew them in and met his mom and dad, and it started there. I’m Joseph’s co-manager and co-trainer with his dad.
“We brought him to my gym in Riverside and he sparred. He did really good. The Top Rank matchmakers, Bruce Trampler and Brad Goodman, saw Joseph spar and said that he looks like a young Miguel Cotto – you know, coming forward, side-to-side, with a beautiful left hook to the body. Man, that’s a good compliment!
“He’s got a bright future – he’s dedicated. His father is with him 24/7, and they’re humble, down-to-earth. The plan is for him to finish high school first. He’ll graduate in June. Once he graduates, we’ll do our training camps at my gym in Riverside, California.”
Joseph said, “I got to know Robert Garcia through Instagram. It was this last summer, around June, July. I post a lot of videos and stuff, like every day that I train. I guess Robert’s son seen it and was like, ‘Yo dad, look at this!’ They got on Instagram and started talking to me and we met up.
“I went to Robert’s gym and sparred. I was there for a week. At home, I train at the Allentown International Gym.
“I can do it all in the ring, but my main plan is to stay calm, use my jab and a lot of hard combinations. If I have to box, I box. If I have to go get the fight, I go get the fight.
“Robert Garcia is going to be in my corner with my dad. It’s going to be a great experience – something we’ve never had in the corner.
“They used to call me ‘Kid Sensation’ until I was 15. But now that I’m older, they changed my name – that’s when I started knocking people out. Now my name is ‘Blessed Hands.’ “