Puerto Rican knockout artist, light welterweight Jorge Maysonet Jr., is earning a reputation for being one of boxing's most dangerous punchers. The heavy handed purists is a former member of Puerto Rico's National team, but he is making a name for himself in the pro ranks with the destructive nature he demonstrates on his opponents. Maysonet Jr. is undefeated with 10 knockouts in his 11 wins, and of those 10 KO's, 9 of them have come in the 1st round. Maysonet Jr. is trained by his father, Jorge Maysonet Sr. and the two have drawn some unique similarities with one another.
Maysonet Sr., a former Olympian, had 22 professional wins with as many knockouts. He possessed the kind of devastating power that sent chills down the back of his opponents and he maintained his 100% KO rate until he retired. Maysonet Jr. is following in his father's footsteps to a certain degree and the unique symmetry between the two as it relates to power is not a coincidence.
"I don't practice knocking people out, but the knockouts keep coming. It comes natural to me, maybe because of my father or maybe because I'm good at taking advantage of the moment. There is no secret to my success in the ring, I just want to finish more than the other guy," Maysonet Jr. explained via an e-mail statement to the Examiner.
Maysonet Sr. is proud that his son is becoming such a force in the ring and he feels that Jr. has not reached his peak yet and, as scary as it sounds, could be getting even stronger.
In an e-mail to the Examiner Maysonet Sr. said, "My son is passionate about what he does, he's a master at seizing the moment. Jorge is strong, but he will get better by polishing his skills and that will lead to an increase in power. He's a real threat in the ring right now, imagine how much more power he'll possess a year from now,"
There are many prospects in boxing that have come along with gaudy KO ratings, but most were successful by circumstance. Maysonet Jr. is a real power house and only boxing guys with years under their belt can tell the difference, guys like his global promoter Gary Shaw.
"I've been in this business and I've seen these guys that think they can hit, guys hyped by their record. The difference between Jorge Jr. and the rest is he knows how to hurt people on both physical and technical levels. He's got real power, good old fashioned power. When you watch him in the ring you get a sense of the old school combined with the new, it truly is a special thing to witness," Shaw said.
"Before I became a promoter I was on the New Jersey boxing commission and was at ringside for some of Maysonet Senior's fights, and now years later I'm promoting his son. These two are one of the best father-son / trainer-son duos in boxing. We are all excited about their future.
Javier Bustillo and Leon Margules who jointly promote Maysonet Jr. with Shaw feel they have a rising star on their hands.
"Puerto Rico generates some of the best boxing talent in the world and Maysonet Jr. will be the next star to come emerge from the island." said Javier Bustillo in a statement released to the Examiner. "Very rarely do you see a fighter with the skills and power that Junior possesses. Right now he's the cream of the crop."
"Jorge is a special fighter, one that has the charisma to captivate the masses. Every boxing fan loves to see the knockout and Maysonet Jr. is a knockout machine. The future is bright for Junior and Puerto Rico should be excited about their rising star." said Leon Margules
Maysonet Jr. is flying under the radar in Puerto Rico, in the shadows of Jonathan Gonzalez (16-0-1, 13 KOs), Thomas Dulorme (17-1, 13 KOs) and Jose Pedraza (12-0, 8 KOs) to name a few. The young phenom is on a quest to make a name for himself and prove to the world he is the best fighter to come from the island since Tito Trinidad, another knockout artist.
"Make no mistakes about it, I'm fighting to give my countrymen a reason to rise up and feel good about boxing like in the days when "Tito" was king of the boxing world. Puerto Rico needs someone to rally behind and that person is Me." concluded Jorge Maysonet Jr.
Maysonet Jr., who is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, Universal Promotions and Warriors Boxing, is part of Team Puerto Rico, a group dedicated to showcase the best talent from the island.