Patricio Manuel, a biological female now identifying as a transgender man, defeated unknown fighter Alexander Gutierrez via unanimous decision.
Fighting in the men’s category, the fighter formerly known as Patricia Manuel, scored a fourth-round victory at Golden Boy Fight Night June 8 in Indo, California.
Manuel now has a record of 3-0 with the other two fights also occurring under the umbrella of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
Prior to transgender surgery in 2013, Manuel competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials but any hopes of an appearance in London were dashed by injury. Manuel was a five-time national amateur women’s boxing champion.
‘It’s really hard to say my shoulder injury was good for me… but having that downtime gave me time to look into myself and see what did I want beyond competing,’ she told LA Weekly in 2015.
Patricio Manuel – the first trans pro boxer in U.S. history – moved to 3-0 with a win on June 8
Manuel, of Boyle Heights, fought in the 2012 US Olympic trials as a female, but a shoulder injury spelled the end of a bid to make the team for the London Games after just one bout
Following the change in identity, Manuel fought in 2018; becoming the first transgender pro boxer in U.S. history.
Manuel was raised by her white mother and grew up without her absentee father.
‘I didn’t grow up with my father, so I was actually raised in pretty much a matriarchy. Basically, I was raised to be a white woman and obviously that didn’t happen, ‘ she said laughing, via LA Weekly. ‘Sometimes life throws you a curveball and you come out a black man.’
Since, two more fights have occurred against similarly little-known fighters. The 37-year-old Manuel maintains an undefeated record in the men’s division.
Manuel has found it difficult to find opponents since the ‘life I have consciously constructed’ began.
Earlier this year, the WBC floated the reality of a separate league for transgender athletes.
‘The WBC completely rejects any boxing activity between people born male against born female, regardless of their current sexuality; so the creation of a Committee to create a competition manual was approved with the possibility of having a transgender league welcoming those who wish to participate in our sport,’ said WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán said in a statement January 3.
‘This decision is about safety and inclusion,’ he added. Unsurprisingly, Manuel was critical of the proposal from the WBC, suggesting it had deeply affected her.
In 2015, Manuel said: ‘Sometimes life throws you a curveball and you come out a black man’
‘It is heartbreaking to me to have the WBC, a leader in my sport, argue that I don’t have a place in the ring as a man,’ she said via a statement in the aftermath.
‘Given the WBC’s stated values of sportsmanship, diversity and respect (via their philanthropic arm WBC Cares), I trust this intended new policy was made with the best of intentions to be inclusive of transgender boxers.
‘Yet, in reality, the WBC is inherently dehumanizing transgender people by implying that trans men aren’t men and trans women aren’t women.
‘This rhetoric flies in the face of both existing policies at the highest level of governing bodies in the world of sports and my own lived experience.’
Joe Rogan said he could ‘know [Manuel] the f*** out’ and was so obviously a biological woman before comparing Manuel’s shoulders to that of slight comedian Andy Dick, on JRE in 2019
Joe Rogan commented on De La Hoya’s company signing Manuel in 2019.
‘My first thought was; this guy’s going to get lit up if he fights actual men. That’s a female to male, yep look at those shoulders; they look like Andy Dick’s shoulders,’ he said look at a photo of Manuel.
‘The women competing as men like [Manuel]… I haven’t sparred in forever, I’ll knock that dude the f*** out.
‘There’s just no way. There’s a difference, there’s a giant difference. [Manuel] is never gonna beat Deontay Wilder. He’s never going to beat a real boxer.’