Patricio Manuel, the first FTM transgender boxer to turn pro won by unanimous decision Saturday at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Manuel, 33, defeated Mexican Hugo Aguilar by points in the super-feather category.
Manuel had attempted to qualify for the London 2012 Women’s Boxing Tournament. But a shoulder injury prevented him from participating in the US selections.
He then began the transition process with hormone treatment and sex reassignment surgery, but he had to wait until 2016 to obtain a professional boxer’s license.
As an amateur Manuel, of Boyle Heights, couldn’t find an opponent willing to fight a transgender boxer. As a pro it took some help from Oscar De La Hoya’s company, Golden Boy Promotions, to get him licensed.
Then it took the courage of Aguilar to make the fight — Manuel’s first in two years and only his third sanctioned bout since the Olympic trials — happen.
Aguilar, who was fulfilling a dream by fighting in the U.S. for the first time, said he learned of Manuel’s transition only two days before the fight but said it wasn’t a problem for him.
A lot of respect for what he did…
His first professional opponent, Hugo Aguilar, found out about Manuel’s transgender status just two days before their fight.
“I have a lot of respect for what he did, it does not change anything for me, when we are in a ring, we both want the same thing, the victory,” he told the Los Angeles Times.
It’s not just female Transgender athletes who get booed!
Patricio Manuel interviewed after his win courtside amid jeers and boos from spectators! And one would have to wonder why? The misplaced objections to male to female athletes certainly do not apply in Patricio Manuel case.
“It’s a funny thing when just living your truth becomes historic.”
— Golden Boy Boxing (@GoldenBoyBoxing) December 9, 2018