Benjy Esteves Jr.
Grew up in the Hell's Kitchen section of Manhattan. His brother Norberto, a retired New York City social services worker boxed, as did his uncle, featherweight Victor Melendez, a solid pro who compiled a 16-0-4 (0KOS) record between 1963-69. His two losses were decisions to Ismael Laguna and Carlos Teo Cruz, both of whom held world titles. His cousins Carlos Pacheco and Angel Nieves also boxed competitively