KERMIT CINTRON
FULL NAME: Kermit Cintron
WEIGHT CLASS:
Welterweight
HOMETOWN:
Carolina, Puerto Rico
TITLE/RANKING:
WBC Welterweight Youth Champion
MANAGER:
Marshall Kauffman and Joe Pastore
PRO RECORD: 19-0, 18 KO's (complete record details)
DOB: 10/22/79

 

"It was weird," he said. "We were just talking around her when she was in bed. She was laughing. Then suddenly she just closed her eyes, and that was it. My sister was talking to her. When she closed her eyes, she didn’t respond at all. That’s when we found out that she was passed away."

Cancer.  That’s what Kermit was told took the life of his mother.  But at the age of eight, who understands what that means.  All Kermit knew was that his mother was gone.

And it only got worse. 

Daniel Cintron did the best he could after his wife’s death to support his sons Kermit, Harold and Jason, but failed.  The three sons were told that they’d have to leave their father and their native Puerto Rico to live with relatives until he could “get back on his feet” financially.  Cintron and his brothers were sent to Warminster, PA to live with uncle Benjamin Serrano, the former world middleweight contender.

Fast forward five years. 

After returning from a drive with his uncle, he was greeted by the tears of his aunt   Evelyn, who informed him that his 43-year-old father had succumbed to a heart attack. 

Now both of his parents were gone.  His dream of returning home to Puerto Rico to be reunited with his father was shattered.  The cruelty was almost biblical in proportion.

Yet, despite the anger, sadness, and abandonment that swirled within Kermit, he didn’t become self-destructive.  In fact, he used sports channel his energies, joining his school’s wrestling, football, track and baseball teams. 

He was skilled in all four sports, but excelled in wrestling.  By the time he was a senior at William Tennant High School high school, he had earned full scholarship offers to Wisconsin University and Ohio State University.  He declined both and instead attended Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, PA, where he finished 10th at the NJCAA Wrestling Championships.

Still, despite his success on the wrestling mat, Cintron felt that something was missing.  Uncle Benjamin Serrano, who fought world-ranked contenders like Frank "The Animal" Fletcher and Doug DeWitt in the ’70s and ’80s, taught Cintron to box while Cintron was in high school.  He even brought him to the Warminster Police Station Gym to train.  But it wasn’t until the Cintron reached the age of 19 that boxing stepped to the forefront of his mind.  

Shortly after finishing his college freshman year, Cintron entered the amateur ranks and compiled a record of 24-4, 17 KO’s.  In October 2000 he turned pro. 

In his pro debut on October 7, 2000, Cintron stopped Jesse Williams in two rounds (TKO 2).  

Since his successful debut Cintron has knocked out 17 of his 18 opponents—six in the first round. 

On March 15, 2002, Cintron blasted Alexis Perez in two rounds (TKO 2).  Cintron floored Perez once in round one, and rocked him repeatedly in round two to force a referee’s stoppage at the 2:02 mark of the round. 

On May 10, 2002, Cintron destroyed Patrick Thorns (TKO 4).  Cintron dropped Thorns in round two, staggered him late in round three, and then floored him again in round four.  The second and final knockdown came courtesy of a stinging right uppercut.  The referee waived a halt to the bout without finishing his 10-count at the 1:09 mark of round four. 

On July 19, 2002, Cintron crushed Otilio Villareal in two rounds (TKO 2). 

On August 24, 2002, Cintron floored Ian MacKillop three times in round two to earn a devastating second round stoppage (TKO 2). 

Cintron underwent hand surgery in October 2002, and returned to the ring on February 14, 2003, stopping Frankie Sanchez in six rounds (TKO 6).

On May 17, 2003, NBC’s “Budweiser Boxing Series” served as the showcase for Cintron’s thunderous punching power.  Midway through round one Cintron stung Luis Rosado with a right hook that sent the Bronx, NY native reeling into the ropes.  Moments later a devastating uppercut dropped Rosado to his knees.  Rosado climbed to his feet but was dropped again less than a minute later by a barrage of punches.  Shortly thereafter, the referee waved a halt to the bout.  The official time of the stoppage was 2:24 of round one.

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In its March 2003 issue, Ring magazine listed Kermit Cintron as one of the “Breakthrough Stars of 2003”.

In that same month respected boxing insider and former Ring magazine editor Steve Farhood praised Cintron to Reading Eagle journalist Don Stewart:  "He’s [Cintron] certainly considered as exciting a prospect as there is in the game today, and that includes the more heavily hyped Olympians.  There are not that many pure punchers in the game today. Also, his body is so huge for a welterweight. In a sense, he really reminds me of a Thomas Hearns, except he has a bigger upper body. Combine that physique with his power, and you have a fighter everyone wants to watch.”

Cintron is managed by Marshall Kauffman and Joe Pastore. 

Kauffman is also his trainer.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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