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Hackensack Underdog Boxer Rises After Defeating World-Ranked Opponent

Hackensack boxer Jonathan Maicelo defeated Jose Felix, Jr. on Friday night in the biggest victory of his career yet.
Hackensack boxer Jonathan Maicelo defeated Jose Felix, Jr. on Friday night in the biggest victory of his career yet. Photo Credit: Courtesy Butch Sanchez

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Boxing underdog Jonathan Maicelo of Hackensack is quickly rising from an underdog to a world champion.

The lightweight achieved the biggest win in his career Friday night after defeating world-ranked opponent Jose Felix, Jr. in a unanimous decision upset.

Maicelo (25-2, 12 KOs) dropped Felix (35-2-1, 27 KOs) five times in the 10-round match at the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, Texas. Scores were 95-90, 97-88, 96-90.

Maicelo, a Peruvian immigrant who escaped poverty to follow his boxing dream , is now ranked No. 3 in the world by the WBO, formerly his opponent's standing.

Here are some of the highlights of the match, according to Maicelo's coach, Butch Sanchez.

  • Round 1: Maicelo hits Felix with hook that knocks him to the ground
  • Round 3: Maicelo knocks Felix down again
  • Round 5: Felix knocked down twice by Maicelo
  • Round 9: Maicelo knocks Felix down for the fifth time

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