Just 18 years old, Victor is a sensational prospect at 135 pounds. Before his debut, he was an amateur standout.
He has had four fights since signing with Top Rank and making his debut in December, 2016.
In his last fight on September 8 in Philadelphia, he won by first-round knockout against Javier Garcia.
Fightnews.com’s John DiSanto reported from ringside [excerpts]: Baby-faced southpaw Victor Padilla, Vieques, PR, made short work of San Juan’s Javier Garcia at the 2300 Arena. Padilla controlled the first round before clobbering Garcia with an overhand left that landed as the bell to end the round sounded.
Garcia crashed to the deck, and [the] referee waved the fight over. The time was 3:00 of round one. [End DiSanto item]
In his previous fight on March 10 in Philadelphia, Victor won by first-round TKO against Carlos Castillo.
John DiSanto reported from ringside [excerpts]: Jersey-based Puerto Rican Victor Padilla knocked down Tucson’s Carlos Castillo en route to a 48-second TKO. The game Castillo somehow jumped up after both trips to the canvas, and appeared ready to fight on. However, [the] referee halted the bout to save Castillo from further punishment. With the win Padilla continued his impressive rookie season. [End DiSanto item]
Manager-trainer Raul “Chino” Rivas said, “I’ve been training Victor since he was 15. He’s been living with me in Berlin, New Jersey, since he turned 18 in November. He was living with his mother in Camden before that, but she didn’t want him to stay there.
“He won two national amateur tournaments, one was in Georgia and one was in Florida. They’re new and are sanctioned by USA Boxing – they’re called the Sugar Bert Title Belt National Championships. There were over 400 kids there – they’re bigger than the Golden Gloves nationals!
“I also train Jason Sosa and Tevin Farmer – Victor and them are all teammates, and we’re all like family.
“Victor’s style is unique, because he has three different styles. If I tell him to go and be an aggressive fighter, he can crack! If I tell him to be a counterpuncher, he becomes a really good counterpuncher. And if I tell him to box and be light on his feet, he can box like crazy. He does it all, and he knows when to use them. He knows when to be aggressive, he knows when he has to be a counterpuncher, and he knows when he has to box.
“I gave him his nickname – The Bull – because he’s a very aggressive fighter.
“The future is very bright for this young man.”
Victor said, “I train at Dream Team Boxing Academy in Runnemede, New Jersey. It’s my manager’s gym. I’ve been in training camps with Jason and Tevin. We always spar together.
“I like to bring the fight! I’m a pressure fighter, a puncher – I like the Mike Tyson style. I like to fight, but my style depends on my opponent and what my coach tells me to do. If he wants me to box, I box. If he wants me to fight, then I fight.”