BOXER: JOHN BAUZA
NICKNAME: EL TERRIBLE
DIVISION: JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT
DATE OF BIRTH: APRIL 11, 1998
BORN: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
LIVES: NORTH BERGEN, NEW JERSEY
RECORD: 10-0 (5 KO)
John “El Terrible” Bauza is a junior welterweight boxer that hails from North Bergen, New Jersey. Prior to turning professional on April 23, 2016, he was recognized as the No. 1 rated youth amateur fighter in the nation at 141 pounds.
The southpaw – who was originally born in San Juan, Puerto Rico – first fell in love with boxing through his father Juan Bauza, who was an amateur boxer. Growing up, John emulated his father’s training regimen, sparring in the gym five times a week and mimicking his father’s bob-and-weave tactics. By the age of 10, he already showed his first glimpse of promise in the ring, advancing to the finals of the 2008 New Jersey Silver Gloves amateur tournament.
That experience ultimately armed John with the confidence to torch the amateur boxing circuit, especially with Juan as his head trainer and family friend Miguel “Zeke” Borrero in his corner. After John earned his eighth New Jersey Diamond and Silver Gloves championship victories in 2015, he focused his attention to competing in national and global tournaments.
He rose to prominence at the nationally-recognized Paul Murphy Title Belt Championships in Atlanta, Georgia and the Ringside World Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, where he emerged victorious amongst the nation’s premier boxers. John also thrived at the Wilfredo Gomez International Competition in Puerto Rico, where he won the junior featherweight division title.
The apex of John’s amateur career came in January 2016, when he unanimously defeated Philadelphia’s Branden Pizarro to win the 141-pound title at the 2016 USA Boxing Youth Junior Welterweight National Championship in Reno, Nevada. John was also named the Most Outstanding Boxer of the tournament over a field of more than 250 participants.
When John turned 18 in April 2016, he elected to turn professional, signing a promotional agreement with Roc Nation Sports. He made his professional debut on April 23, 2016 – as part of DIRECTV’s Boxing Nights series at the Roger L. Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico – where he scored a first-round knockout over Leroy Padilla.
John followed his successful debut with a second-round technical knockout victory over Mike Erosa that aired on Univision Puerto Rico’s acclaimed series, Boxeo al Máximo. He rounded out 2016 with three subsequent unanimous decisions against Jose Carmona, Christopher Russell and Rafael Francis.
After knocking Francis Gakpetor in 17 seconds in early-2017, John received his first taste of the Las Vegas limelight on June 17, 2017. The southpaw shined on the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev undercard at Mandalay Bay Events Center, when he notched a second-round TKO victory over Brando Sanudo.