‘Mini-Pacman’, the most surprising fighter in the domestic ring

Erick Rosa is a 21-year-old from the crowded Villa Duarte neighborhood, his exploits are so amazing that few have heard that he debuted ten rounds and for a regional title without being a renowned Olympian.

There are also few who know that their second and third paid confrontations were for other regional and distance championships for fledged boxers.

Ah, part of the best story of this boy has been that his first professional fights have been against foreign rivals of a higher level than his, even when he has emerged victorious … In that way, if it is not a few brands Sometimes achieved, the achievements of the “Mini-Pacman” as it is called from the amateur field for its aggressiveness on the ring similar to the simple sphinx of video games, in which a simple circle in the shape of a face is “eaten” everything that appears around him.

“In each of my five fights I have been down in the bets, now in Las Vegas I had 3.5X1 in favor of my Filipino rival. And what happened?”, Asks the beardless Machiterian fighter.

The feat of winning an interim crown with 4 fights left many people pensive and doubtful after beating Peruvian Ricardo Astuvilca (21-0-0) to obtain the five interim WBA minimum last July; But to dethrone a two-reign champion like the Filipino Saludar with two falls, no one would guess that, but neither will the fans forget it because it was his second world crown from July to December during the year of the pandemic.

Ah, it cannot be forgotten that everything has been with a 5-0, 1KO mark, something achieved by only seven gladiators in boxing history.

40 EVENINGS: The Boxing Commissioner, Ramón Valdez, celebrated his first year in front of the entity and revealed that he has supervised 40 evenings in his first 12 months in office.

DESPOJO: The WBA ignored all its interim champions during 2021, damaging with the measure the Dominican kings of minimum weight Erick Rosa (Mini-Pacman) and Alberto Puello, welterweight Jr.

FORTUNA: Javier “El Abejón” Fortuna, a former double universal monarch, made a great show after his third crown last July, but was not enough to defeat Joseph Díaz in the dispute for the interim WBC lightweight belt. Fortuna lost to the points in Los Angeles.

ELVIS KO !: After losing his undefeated in May and being mercilessly fired by the Top Rank company, Dominican prospect Elvis Rodríguez returned to the string and in an intense match he prevailed with a fulminating knockout of the undefeated (14-0) and Mexico’s sought-after Olympian Juan Pablo Romero, who was electrified as if by a streak in the fifth act at MGM, in Las Vegas, Nevada, by a hook to the Dominican’s chin.

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EL HORSE BRONCO: The world ranked super welterweight, Carlos Adames returned through the front door to the ring beating the fierce Ukrainian Sergiy Derevyanchenko against all odds, by majority decision at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, starting December.

MENEÌTO: Dominican Norbelto “Meneíto” Jiménez was placed No.3 in the WBO rankings after dominating former champion Donnie Nietes in Dubai, but the verdict was a hometown draw on December 11.

SIGNATURE: Undefeated Dominican lightweight prospect Michel-La Zarza Ali-Rivera (22-0-0, 14KOs), who won three bouts in 2021 in the USA, signed a deal with powerful manager and promoter Al Haymon that could lead to a world lawsuit.

RETURN OF BANANA: Former WBA-IBF junior middleweight king Jeyson Rosario reappeared with a two-round knockout of Venezuelan Reynaldo González on November 21 at the Fencing pavilion.

PUELLO, MAGISTRAL: Former interim Jr. WBA welterweight champion Alberto “La Avispa” Puello gave a technical recite on his US debut and authoritatively defeated World No. 10 Ve Shawn Owens by unanimous decision on the 18th at Armory, Minneapolis.

THE ‘POLI’ ADVANCES: Undefeated lightweight Starling-Poli-Castillo (16-0, 12KOs) made a good debut on North American soil after winning his first two appearances in July and September. He will reappear on January 7 against Otar Eranosyan (10-0, 6KOs) in Orlando, Florida.

CAE MANGÙ: Former WBA light heavyweight titleholder Félix “Mangú” Valera was defeated by unanimous vote at Soviet Wings, Moscow, by veteran Maxim Vlasov, at a distance of 10 rounds, on Christmas Eve.



Olympian Leonel de los Santos said goodbye to the Olympic field at the end of July after being eliminated at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by Bakhodu Usmonov, from Tajikistan. He is already 5-0, 5KOs., In the pay ring.

The genes.

Genetics or simple quality, Frency Fortunato Saya, grandson of the once “Capital Idol”, Leopoldo –Gallito- Frías is a promising young man, with good boxing and occasional punching and with a good record: 12-1, 10KOs. He comes from winning a war against Aztec prospect Alejandro Jair González (10-2-2, 6KOs.), For the Latin WBC title.


A lot of attention with the brothers Bryan (3-0, 2 KOs) and Leidy Jesús Frías (15-0, 11KOs), from San Cristóbal, sons of the former fighter Moreno Mejía. Two high-quality prospects from featherweights and super flyweights.


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