Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – North Bergan, New Jersey boxer and 2016 USA Youth Welterweight champion John “El Terrible” Bauza will be back in action June 4th on the undercard of Miguel Cottos “Boxeo Al Maximo” card in Catano, Puerto Rico.
Bauza (1-0, 1ko), who will take on John Erosa (0-7), is coming off a dominating pro debut when he knocked out Leroy Padilla back in April. Prior to turning pro, Bauza was the No.1-ranked youth amateur boxer in the nation at 141 pounds.
The 18-year-old Bauza, dubbed “El Terrible” inked an exclusive co-promotional agreement with Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions and it has been a dream come true for him.
“I love Miguel Cotto, he is one of my favorite boxers, and for him to watch me and like me, it means everything to me,” he said Wednesday on 97.3 ESPN FM’s “The Warm-Up”
Erosa might be winless, but Bauza is not taken him for granted.
“This is a good test, he is an experienced fighter, so for me to fight him is a good test.”
A native of San Juan, PR, Bauza, easily defeated Philadelphia’s Branden Pizarro over three rounds to capture the 141-pound title at the 2016 USA Boxing Youth Junior welterweight national championships in Reno, Nevada.
A Ringside BC gym product from, Bauza scored a 3-0 win over the very game and gritty Pizarro (Philadelphia, PA) for both a national title and in the process he took home “Outstanding Youth Male Boxer of the Tournament” award.
Bauza, who is a slick and talented light welterweight, is well know within in the amateur ranks in New Jersey for his speed and power.
In the fight against Pizarro, he dominated every round and did not have to leave it up to the judges as he cruised to an easy win and title.
In 2015, Bauza lost a very debated contest to Aadam Ali (Bergen PAL) in the finals of the New Jersey Golden Gloves tournament.
JMB scored the finals in favor of Bauza against the talented Ali.
His second pro fight will take place in his hometown of Catona, which is something that is very special to him.
“Oh, I am excited, I have lots of family and friends back home and I told them they have to go and get their own ticket,” he said chuckling.
Check out Bauza’s win last year against Angel Brito in the NJGG.