By Jose Reyes
Unbeaten former WBC Youth welterweight champion “King” James De La Rosa (18-0, 12 KOs) has solidified himself as a true prospect in the thick welterweight division. At the age of 21, “King” James De La Rosa is a five-year professional prize fighter that has become better known for his hard-hitting body attacks that leave opponents gasping for dear life. “King” James is a Mexican-African-American and younger brother of “The Contender” Season One, Juan “El Gallo Negro” De La Rosa (19-3-1, 15 KO’s), and both live in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. James De La Rosa is now trained by veteran trainer Danny Smith who has trained the likes of former world champions, Fernando “El Feroz” Vargas, Diego “Chico” Corrales, and Ishe Smith to name a few. Danny is now training former undisputed middleweight champion (WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO) Jermaine “Bad Intentions” Taylor (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) who is preparing for his April 25th WBC super middleweight title challenge against unbeaten current champion Carl Froch (24-0, 19 KO’s) at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
While “KING” James is training for his upcoming bout on March 28th in the south Texas hot bed called the Rio Grande Valley in a Peacemaker Promotions boxing extravaganza. De La Rosa and Taylor are training alongside one another for their upcoming bouts. De La Rosa is facing the ever dangerous TBD and James has made Fightnews aware to let anyone in the 147 pound division he needs someone to do battle in the squared circle on March 28th.
James made his television debut when he scored a devastating one punch knock out over David Obregon in the 3rd round of a nationally televised “Boxeo Telemundo” boxing series which All-Star promotions presented. Obregon had 12 wins and only 1 loss at the time, fighting out of his home state of Florida.
James would come in to the fight on just a few weeks notice. It was De La Rosa’s 7th pro bout and the underdog in that match-up scoring the upset. James would continue his climb in the rankings when he beat tough as nails, Francisco Rincon (11-5) for the WBC Youth title at welterweight in his 12th pro bout in a Cavazos Boxing promotions event. De La Rosa would put on a boxing clinic over the tough Texan from Dallas in “Pancho” Rincon. De La Rosa would start up a 5 fight television win streak that began with a bone crushing execution of Michael Soberanis (7-13) in a Galavision (tape delay) telecast presented by Golden Boy Promotions, in which Soberanis literally spilled his lunch on the canvas from the authentic mexican gancho’s landed to his midsection by the young De La Rosa. James then scored an impressive KO win in his next fight (Galavision, tape delay) with an impressive 3rd round bombing left hook to the jaw of then unbeaten Abel Perry (9-0, 3 KOs) that sent him to the canvas for the extended count, and was presented by Top Rank promotions. James would follow that performance with an excruciating body shot knock out win over James Webb (22-3, 19 KO’s ) in the 4th round of a scheduled 10 rounder promoted again by Top Rank. De La Rosa would be featured as the co-main event of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights when he faced the durable veteran Troy Wilson of Guyana, Africa. James would beat and batter Wilson over 10 rounds, taking the unanimous shut out decision.