Regarded as one of the biggest Puerto Rican fighters ever, he was a global Light-weight and Light Welterweight Champ. His professional profession began with an initial circular knockout of Harry Bell in 1955. He was called Fighter of the entire year in 1967 from the Boxing Writer’s Association of America. He wedded Norma Ortiz in 1962. He and Wilfredo Gomez are both Puerto Ricans enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Popularity.