Edwin Rosario

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Edwin "Chapo" Rosario
Class of 2006
Modern Category
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Name: Edwin Rosario
Alias: Chapo
Hometown: Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Birthplace: Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Died: 1997-12-01 (Age:34)
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 168cm
Reach: 169cm
Pro Boxer: Record

Managers: Bill Cayton and Jim Jacobs
Trainer: Manny Siaca, Eulalio "Lalo" Medina

Career Overview

Rosario vs. Jose Luis Ramirez in 1983
  • Rosario's professional debut was 12 days before his 16th birthday.
  • Growing up, Rosario was given the nickname Chapo, a shortened version of chaparrito, which means "little man."
  • Rosario was inspired to box by his older brother, Luis "Papo" Rosario, who many thought would be the next “great one” out of Puerto Rico. He died two years into Edwin’s professional career, allegedly because of drugs.
  • At the age of 20, Rosario won the vacant WBC Lightweight Championship with a twelve-round unanimous decision against Jose Luis Ramirez in May 1983. After two successful defenses, Rosario lost the title in a November 1984 rematch with Ramirez. Down in the first two rounds, Ramirez came back to win by a fourth-round TKO. The bout was named Fight of the Year by The Ring.
  • Rosario lost to WBC Lightweight Champion Hector Camacho by a disputed twelve-round split decision in June 1986. Three months later, Rosario knocked out Livingstone Bramble in two rounds to win the WBA Lightweight Championship.
  • Rosario earned The Ring Comeback of the Year award for 1986.
  • Rosario lost the WBA Lightweight Championship in his second defense to Julio Cesar Chavez by an eleventh-round TKO in November 1987.
  • Rosario defeated Anthony Jones by a six-round TKO to win the vacant WBA Lightweight Championship in July 1989. He became the second three-time world lightweight champion in boxing history. Rosario lost the title in his first defense to Juan Nazario in April 1990. Rosario was stopped on a cut after eight rounds.
  • In May 1991, Rosario knocked out Loreto Garza in three rounds to win the WBA Junior Welterweight Championship. Eleven months later, Rosario lost the title in his first defense to Akinobu Hiranaka by a first-round TKO.
  • After losing to Frankie Randall by a seventh-round TKO in January 1993, Rosario didn't fight again for more than four years as he battled a drug and alcohol addiction. After going through rehabilitation, he returned to the ring in May 1997. Rosario won five consecutive fights, and the WBC ranked him as the No. 10 welterweight contender.
  • Rosario died at age 34 on December 1, 1997. Matthew Hurley of SecondsOut.com wrote: "An autopsy would later reveal that he had died of an aneurysm, with fluid having accumulated in his lungs. Doctors would also add that his past history with drugs and alcohol were a major contributing factor, although neither were found in his system at the time of his death. Sadly, it looked as though Edwin was trying to stay clean and get his life together when it suddenly ended."
  • The Ring named Rosario the 36th greatest puncher of all-time in 2003.
  • Rosario was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.
  • Rosario had a record of 7-5 (5 KOs) in world title fights.
  • Rosario had a record of 5-6 against future, current or former world titlists:

Preceded by:
Alexis Arguello
WBC Lightweight Champion
1983 May 1 – 1984 Nov 3
Succeeded by:
Jose Luis Ramirez
Preceded by:
Livingstone Bramble
WBA Lightweight Champion
1986 Sep 26 – 1987 Nov 21
Succeeded by:
Julio Cesar Chavez
Preceded by:
Julio Cesar Chavez
WBA Lightweight Champion
1989 Jul 9 – 1990 Apr 4
Succeeded by:
Juan Nazario
Preceded by:
Loreto Garza
WBA Light Welterweight Champion
1991 Jun 14 – 1992 Apr 10
Succeeded by:
Akinobu Hiranaka