Sports

Peruvian Boxer Has Silk City in His Corner

bf31632fd628e963aa6d_maicelo.jpg
Peruvian boxer Jonathan Maicelo
8a765c40fe7f2d4571f3_boxx.jpg
From left to right: Carlos Zambrano, Juan Zegarra, promoter Melvi Davila, Peruvian general consul for NJ Alfredo Beoutis, Jonathan Maicelo, and promoter Mike Indri
bf31632fd628e963aa6d_maicelo.jpg

PATERSON, NJ - When boxer Jonathan Maicelo walks along the streets of the Silk City, people stop to talk to him. They shake his hand, take his picture, ask for an autograph.

Basically, they make him feel at home, which is something, considering he comes from another continent in another hemisphere.

The Peruvian is undefeated after 13 fights, including eight knockout wins, and his success has energized Paterson's Peruvian community,  where his followers hope he can become an example that city youths can follow.

Sign Up for E-News

"I'm dedicating this fight for all my supporters, abroad and especially for the people here who have given me nothing but love since I've gotten here,” Maicelo said in Spanish at a press conference last week at  Panchitos, a  restaurant in downtown Paterson.  

Already a legend in Peru, the 27-year-old boxer has been bobbing and weaving at the Joe Grier Boxing Academy on River Street, training for  his next next championship fight on Oct. 16 in Union City against Colombian Oscar Cuero (13-2, 10 KO's). The bout is being billed as “Champions of the Future” by Dignity Promotions.

"It's a good moment to motivate [Peruvians], to lift [the community] up and to give him support,” said Hector Delgado, President of the Peruvian Parade in New Jersey. 

Paterson, which community leaders say is home to thousands of people of Peruvian descent, has become a haven for Peruvians abroad. For example, Keiko Fujimori, daughter of  imprisoned but still-popular former President Alberto Fujimori, campaigned in Paterson for the absentee Peruvian vote in 2006.

"The fact that Paterson is one of the oldest Peruvian communities in the country, makes it obvious that he would train here and feel at home here,” said Alejandro Beoutis, Peruvian General Consul for New Jersey. Beoutis added that his success should be something all young-people should look to as a way of staying out of trouble.

On the advice of his friends, Maicelo himself began boxing at 13 after getting into neighborhood brawls protecting family members. He credits boxing with giving bringing him more than he had asked for: a family, fame, and a title. He won the Latino Lightweight title from the World Boxing Council last year.  With such a difficult profession, where blood, sweat, and hard-work is the only way to get ahead, many feel his success will help put Peru on the map.

"In these times, Peru is making itself known, through food, wine, music, and sports,” Delgado said, “There is a lot of positive energy when talking about Peru.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Paterson

City Council Candidate to Voters: Let Your Voice Be Heard

February 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

It is very important for the citizens of Paterson to participate in local city-wide elections because elected officials can help determine the economic, educational and social well-being of entire communities. For example, two very important tasks of city council members include making laws and allocating money.

Elected officials are the gatekeepers for millions of dollars in ...

Dreams for Service Dog for Autistic Montville Resident Become Reality

February 22, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ - Faith Stanley, a Towaco resident and a single mother of four boys, sought help for her youngest son, Joey, who is almost three years old and diagnosed with autism. Amazingly enough, Faith found the help she needed!

Due to the generosity and help of so many people, Faith has managed to reach her goal of raising ...

Paterson Hosts Statewide Event as National El Sistema Leader

February 22, 2018

PATERSON—On March 10, nearly 300 students from seven New Jersey immersive ensemble music learning programs will converge in Paterson for the 4th annual Fiddlefest and Falala Festival. A day of music making and a celebration of culture and community for both the students and their families, the festival features the Paterson-based program Paterson Music Project (PMP), in addition to the New ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating, leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The school shooting ...