Del Rio’s Hector Coronado Jr. is a professional. For him, professional equals two gloves x one head squared.
The Houston-born Coronado Jr. recently signed a contract for management and promotional services with Las Vegas-based Prince Ranch Boxing and TMB & PRB Entertainment, respectively, allowing him to solely focus on his daily training and eliminating the DIY tasks that can sometimes compromise goals.
“They’ll take care of everything…they’ll make sure that I’m well equipped…I have everything to succeed…they take care of my bills. All that stuff. All I have to do is concentrate on boxing,” he said.
Coronado Jr. has racked up a professional fighting record of 5-0, four of those victories by knockout. His achievements are partially a product of his fighting style. His strategic combination of intelligence and pressure creates opportunities for knockouts.
“I’m a smart boxer…I’m a bit aggressive…I’m a pressure fighter…I do it smartly…I never go looking for the knockout. It just comes by itself, right? That’s what we always talk about,” he explained.
Coronado Jr. prefers to finish or drop his opponents as quickly as possible, working up from the body to the head. Once his opponents gas out they become vulnerable.
A 2015-graduate of Del Rio High School, the confident, yet humble, Coronado Jr. began boxing when he was seven years old forging a formidable career in the Mexican amateur ranks. Initially, the talented boxer had the coaching behind him but not the passion until he began attaining success on the national amateur level in Mexico.
“My dad taught me really, really well,” he said. “And I knew how to win the tournaments. I was just smart enough to win.”
Hector Coronado Sr., who trains his son at Del Rio’s K.O. Boxing Gym had his own professional aspirations in the sweet science Coronado Jr. said. “He had the dream, but no support.”
Coronado Jr. derives his inspiration to excel from his parents. “I see them waking up every morning…I want them to be able to stay at home…not have to work. That inspires me every morning to get up and…do what I have to do to succeed.”
His amateur triumphs evolved into an Olympic dream but representing Mexico wasn’t an option because he was an American citizen and didn’t possess dual citizenship. In the U.S., the powers that be painted a picture of a discouraging and difficult road to the Olympics. Despite that, Coronado, then 17, continued to pursue his dream winning his first USA Boxing Elite tournament.
He qualified for nationals but didn’t want to invest another year competing at the amateur level in the U.S. deciding he was ready to roll the prizefighting dice.
TMB & PRB Entertainment promoter Rick Morones contacted Coronado Sr. and said they were searching for a 147-fighter for a professional bout with emerging boxer George Ramos. (Ramos was recently murdered in San Antonio.) A contract was sent but Ramos declined to fight.
“George and I had already boxed before. I would beat him all the time we would fight…he was like the next big thing of San Antonio,” Coronado Jr. said.
He eventually went to San Antonio to spar for Morones and dominated his 12-0 sparring opponent. Shortly thereafter, he won a bout in San Antonio closing the deal.
Signed, sealed and determined to achieve, Coronado Jr.’s future is promising. Acquiring his autograph now would probably be a good idea…