"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
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
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
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.
finishing his college freshman year, Cintron entered the amateur
ranks and compiled a record of 24-4, 17 KO’s. In October 2000 he
In his pro
debut on October 7, 2000, Cintron stopped Jesse Williams in two
rounds (TKO 2).
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
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).
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.
* * *
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.”
managed by Marshall Kauffman and Joe Pastore.
also his trainer.