Former world champion Jose Antonio Rivera has officially called it a career and got to do it with a victory.
In Rivera’s 50th pro fight, he won a split decision against Travis Scott in what was Rivera’s final fight. The bout headlined a boxing card in Worcester, Massachusetts, giving local fans one more chance to see Rivera, who has fought 16 times in the area.
The fight was a competitive one with Scott managing to drop Rivera with a right hand to the top of his head near the end of the fifth round. Still, Rivera bounced back from the knockdown and was aggressive throughout the fight and able to outbox Scott to come out on top.
Rivera once held titles at both welterweight and junior middleweight throughout his pro career which started all the way back to 1992. Rivera first retired back in 2008 but returned in 2011 for two more fights and then took a seven-year break from boxing before returning once more. The 46-year-old Rivera has won his last five fights and retires with a 43-6-1 pro record with 25 KO wins.
Below are the full results of the June 14 boxing card at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts:
- Jose Antonio Rivera defeated Travis Scott by split decision (77-74, 76-75, 75-76)
- Kendrick Ball Jr. defeated Juan Celin Zapata by TKO, round 3
- Owen Minor defeated Joseph Raposo by KO, round 1
- Sydney Maccow and Anthony Everett fight to a no contest, New England junior welterweight title remains vacant
- Sharrad Collier defeated Bruno Dias by TKO, round 1
- Elijah Peixoto defeated Carlos Galindo by TKO, round 2
- Philip Davis defeated Henry Garcia by unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)