As two of the biggest powerhouses in boxing, Mexico and Puerto Rico have offered great battles on the ring, with Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito II sure to be another addition to the lists of classics. We take a look down memory lane to look at some of the most memorable fights between the two nations.
Jorge “Travieso” Arce vs. Wilfredo “Papito” Vasquez — May 7, 2011
In the latest of the Puerto Rican-Mexican battles, Arce stole the bantamweight title from Vasquez, who was undefeated at the time. Arce won the fight in a technical knockout in the 12th round.
Antonio Margarito vs. Miguel Cotto — July 26, 2008
Antonio Margarito defeated the then-undefeated and defending welterweight champion Miguel Cotto in a technical knockout in the 11th round. Cotto had dominated the early rounds but Margarito was able to overtake him physically after the sixth round.
Felix “Tito” Trinidad vs. “Yory Boy” Campas — Sept. 17, 1994
One of the best Puerto Rican boxers of all time, Tito Trinidad knocked out the Mexican Campas, who was undefeated until that time. Trinidad survived being knocked down in the second round to dominate the Mexican as he defended his welterweight title.
Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Hector “Macho” Camacho — Sept. 12, 1992
Camacho could not keep up with the Mexican legend, losing decisively in a unanimous decision as he tried to defend his lightweight title. The fight helped cement Chavez’s status as a folk hero in Mexico, receiving special treatment upon his victorious return to the country.
Wilfredo Gomez vs. Salvador Sanchez — Sept. 21, 1981
In one of the most contentious of the battles between the Puerto Ricans and Mexicans, Salvador Sanchez was able to steal the crown from Wilfredo Gomez, who was a three-time defending champion in the bantamweight division. It is considered by many the biggest win by a Mexican over a Puerto Rican fighter.
Wilfredo Gomez vs. Carlos Zarate — Oct. 28, 1978
Wilfredo Gomez dominated the legendary Mexican boxer Carlos Zarate from beginning to end in their title fight at 122 pounds.
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