Jean Rivera

Weightclass: Featherweight

  • 14wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 9kos

AGE:
22
Birthplace:
Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Height:
5’6”
reach:
67"
Managers:
Miriam Lopez
Trainers:
Alex Lopez

fighter feed

Jean "Chapito" Rivera

At the age of 22, Jean is a four-year pro. A prospect at 126 pounds, he is one of the top young prospects from Puerto Rico. Before his debut, he was an amateur standout.

He stayed active with three fights in 2015, four in 2016, and four in 2017. He has had three fights scheduled for eight rounds and has gone the full eight-round distance one time.

Jean stepped up to 10-round status for the first time in his last fight on July 14 in New Orleans and won by first-round knockout against Angel Luna.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Puerto Rican featherweight prospect Jean Carlos Rivera, of Orlando, Florida, stormed past Angel Luna of the Dominican Republic, stopping him in just 82 seconds of their scheduled 10-rounder.

Rivera nailed Luna with a clean left hook in the opening seconds of the fight and he never recovered. Rivera continued to pound him until he went down under heavy fire and [the] referee waved it off. [End Rafael item]

In his post-fight interview, Jean said, “The fight went way easier than I expected. I was prepared to fight 10 hard rounds if necessary.

“I’ve been training very hard and now I want to take on bigger challenges. I want to face world-ranked fighters. “I’m ready to step up my competition.”

In an earlier interview, 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.”

In an earlier interview, 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.”

fight history

  • 2018

    In his last fight on 7-14-18 in New Orleans, LA, he won by knockout (1st round) against Angel Luna 11-4-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was on the undercard of the Regis Prograis vs. Juan Velasco main event; Jean staggered Luna with a left hook early in the 1st round, then scored a knockdown with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:22.

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  • 2017

    On 11-3-17 in Kissimmee, FL, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Edgar Cantu (7-1-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard at the Osceola Center; Jean overwhelmed Cantu in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:53.

    On 7-28-17 in Kissimmee, FL, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Jean Carlos Benavides (7-9-1): the scheduled eight-rounder was co-featured at the Kissimmee Civic Center; Jean scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Benavides to the seat of his trunks about a minute into the 1st round, and dominated the fight; he pressed forward, consistently landed the harder punches, and wore down Benavides with repeated body punches; Jean scored two more knockdowns in the 4th – 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.

    On 4-21-17 in Kissimmee, FL, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Jesus Pacheco (7-5): the bout was co-featured with the Christopher Diaz vs. Jose Estrella main event, and Jean dominated the fight; he consistently out-boxed Pacheco, landed the harder punches, and rocked him with a left hook late in the 2nd round, rocked him with a left hook-right hand combination in the 5th, and staggered Pacheco with a left hook-right hand combination late in the 7th round; Jean was penalized one point for an accidental low blow in the 8th, but won by scores of 79-72 on all three scorecards.

    On 2-3-17 in San Juan, PR, he won by TKO (4th round) against Roberto Rodriguez (9-12-4): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Felix Verdejo vs. Oliver Flores main event; Rodriguez gave a determined effort and the early rounds were close, but Jean landed the harder punches and wore him down; Jean scored a knockdown with a right hand late in the 4th round – Rodriguez got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:53; after three rounds, Jean led by shutout scores of 30-27 on all three scorecards.

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  • 2016

    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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