Paxton Promotions and Worcester MA’s own two-time world boxing champion “El Gallo” Jose Antonio Rivera (41-6-1, 24 KOs) will step through the ropes for the third time this year since coming off of a two year hiatus on Saturday November 5th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on a card promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports.
Rivera’s opponent at this time is TBA. Since his return to the ring this past May after a layoff dating back to August of 2008, Rivera is looking for his third straight victory in 2011.
His first fight after his two year layoff was a unanimous decision over veteran Luis Maysonet back in May. He returned to the ring to win an eight round unanimous decision in July at the Mohegan Sun Arena over Oregon’s Paul Mpendo.
Rivera is a two time WBA champion, winning the titles in both the welterweight and junior middleweight divisions, in addition to his first title, the NABA championship belt back in 2001 after defeating Patrick Byrd in Miami, FL.
Rivera defeated the previous undefeated Michael Trabant in Trabant’s home town of Berlin, Germany to win a majority decision in 2003 to win his first WBA championship at welterweight.
His second world title came at a higher weight class as Rivera, at 154 pounds, knocked down Alejandro “Terra” Garcia in Rivera’s hometown of Worcester, MA as he captured his second WBA title.
Rivera took a two year layoff after losing a WBA title eliminator against Daniel Santos back in 2007, and in 2008, he defeated Clarence Taylor back home in Worcester, MA.
At age 38, “El Gallo” has been working extremely hard in the gym and in the ring in the hopes of getting a third world title opportunity. More information coming soon on Rivera’s opponent at Mohegan Sun on Saturday, November 5th still to come.