Juan La Porte

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Juan La Porte

Name: Juan Laporte
Birth Name: Juan La Porte
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Birthplace: Guayama, Puerto Rico
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 165cm
Reach: 173cm
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

Trainer: Emile Griffith

Juan LaPorte Gallery

Amateur Highlights

Juan La Porte won the 1976 112lb New York Golden Gloves Sub-Novice Championship. He defeated Long Island's Ricky Brown in the finals. LaPorte was defeated by Joseph Nieto of the Police Athletic Leagues Lynch Center in the 1977 118lb Open Championship. LaPorte trained at the Lunar Boys Club in Brooklyn, New York. La Porte claimed an amateur record of 29-6, according to the March 1983 The Ring magazine.


La Porte's predecessor as WBC featherweight champion, Salvador Sanchez, died in a car accident.

In 1989, one of LaPorte's sons died in a swimming drowning accident. LaPorte laid his original WBC Featherweight title belt at his young son's grave. Upon finding out about this, WBC President Jose Sulaiman gave LaPorte a second belt. A second son, Tony Laporte Jr., lost his professional featherweight debut in 2010.

  • Inducted into the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame on March 30, 2014.

Preceded by:
Salvador Sanchez
WBC Featherweight Champion
1982 Sep 15 – 1984 Mar 31
Succeeded by:
Wilfredo Gomez