Born April 7, 1973 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, to Milagros Flores and
Ferdinand Rivera. Jose and his four other siblings were orphaned when their mom
passed away when Jose was ten years old. At the age of sixteen Jose Antonio
Rivera moved out on his own to Worcester Ma to pursue his dream of becoming a
world champion boxer.
As an amateur fighter Jose A. Rivera won several tournaments including the 1990
Western Mass Golden Gloves, 1991 Western mass Golden gloves, 1991 New England
Golden Gloves, 1991 New England Golden belt and a Bronze medal at the 1992
Nationals PAL championship.
Walberg (Actor); AJ and Rivera
As a pro boxer Jose A. Rivera had loftier goals and that was to become a world
champion boxer. Jose won the Ma state welterweight championship, Ma state Jr
middleweight championship, USBA Regional welterweight championship, NABA
welterweight North American championship and in 1997 Jose accomplished his goal
when he won the IBO welterweight world championship. Jose followed that in 2003
when he traveled to Berlin Germany to capture his second world title by winning
the WBA welterweight world championship and then in 2006 Jose moved up in weight
to win his third world championship when he won the WBA Jr middleweight world
championship in his hometown of Worcester Ma.
Jose A. Rivera recently has retired from boxing and still works at the Worcester
County Court house as a Court officer for the Commonwealth of Ma. Since the age
of 18 Jose has been doing the speaking circuit in the New England area speaking
to Schools, Companies, Jails and DYS facilities where they house juvenile
delinquents, to spread his message of hope and saying YES to success. Jose is
involved with a Pharmaceutical grade company that provides optimal nutrition for
your health called USANA health Sciences. Jose is also doing some acting part
time trying to jump start an acting career all while hoping to finish his
autobiography about facing his life challenges and being able to overcome huge
obstacles on his way to winning three world championships.