On This Day: Edwin Rosario scores monumental upset by savaging the supposedly immoveable Livingstone Bramble in two rounds


Edwin Rosario
Livingstone Bramble’s reputation is shredded by an in-form Edwin Rosario

September 26, 1986; Abel Holz Stadium, Miami Beach, FL
EDWIN ROSARIO erratic nature defined him. A fighter who could savage unsuspecting champions when they least expected it. A fighter who could fall short when victory was predicted. Livingstone Bramble was deemed an immoveable object after effectively ending the career of Ray Mancini and, at the time of accepting Rosario’s challenge, was the highly-regarded WBA lightweight boss named by some as one of the best fighters in the sport. Right on cue, with the odds stacked against him, Edwin the Ferocious turned up. After a quiet opening round, the Puerto Rican scored with a blazing left hook in the second. Bramble stood tall but could not keep Rosario off him. A right hand soon dropped Bramble for the count.

DID YOU KNOW? Rosario’s victory was
such big news in America that Ring Magazine opted to go with a photo of
Edwin celebrating on their front cover instead of Lloyd Honeyghan’s win over Donald
Curry (that occurred on the same weekend).

WATCH OUT FOR: The manner in which Rosario raids Bramble when he has him in trouble. “Chapo” was one of the most devastating punchers of his era.

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