Per a tweet from the company, Roc Nation Sports has added 18 year old John Bauza to its Boxing roster. Bauza is a Junior Welterweight from San Juan, Puerto Rico and will make his professional debut on April 23 at the Roger L. Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico, as part of Miguel Cotto Promotions’ DIRECTV Boxing Nights series. Roc Nation’s website states the following about the boxer: Fighting out of North Bergen, New Jersey, John “El Terrible” Bauza is currently ranked as the number one rated youth amateur fighter in the nation at 141 pounds. Growing up, John always attempted to emulate his father, Juan, an amateur boxer from Puerto Rico. By the age of 10, the younger Bauza already showed signs of being a savvy competitor, advancing to the finals of the 2008 New Jersey Silver Gloves amateur tournament.
Along with Juan as his head trainer, Bauza trains with family friend Miguel “Zeke” Borrero, who have been by his side since his first fight. In 2015, after earning his eighth New Jersey Diamond and Silver Gloves championship victories, Bauza’s team realized he was physically and mentally ready for the national and global stages.
Bauza rose to the challenge and emerged victorious at the nationally recognized Paul Murphy Title Belt Championships in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as the Ringside World Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, which draws premiere boxers from around the world. Bauza also competed in the Wilfredo Gomez International Competition in Puerto Rico, where he won the junior featherweight division.
In January 2016, Bauza unanimously defeated Philadelphia’s Branden Pizarro over three rounds for the 2016 USA Boxing Youth Junior Welterweight National Championship in Reno, Nevada. Bauza was selected as the Most Outstanding Boxer of the Tournament over a field of more than 250 participants and earned the designation of the nation’s number one rated amateur boxer in his weight class.
In April 2016, Bauza signed an exclusive co-promotional agreement with Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions.”