Former Puerto Rican boxer who became the WBO Minimumweight Champion, a title he successfully defended 11 times.
He grew up in a rough Puerto Rican neighborhood surrounded by violence.
He worked his way up to the light flyweight division, at which point he defeated Hugo Cázares for the WBO light flyweight championship.
He has 2 children with his ex-wife, Wilma Laguna.
He and Chinese boxer Zou Shiming have both fought at the fly lightweight division.