Osvaldo "Ossie" Ocasio (born August 12, 1955) is a Puerto Rican former boxer who held the world cruiserweight championship. Nicknamed "Jaws", his peculiar nickname was the result of him accidentally biting another boxer during a sparring session.

Heavyweight contender

Ocasio campaigned in the Heavyweight division, turning pro in 1976 and putting together 10 wins before signing with Don King and making a name for himself outpointing King fighter Kevin Isaac.

In 1978 on the undercard of the Larry Holmes/Ken Norton title fight Ocasio scored a major upset when he outpointed the highly regarded Jimmy Young, who'd outpointed George Foreman only a while back. In a rematch, Ocasio underlined his superiority by again outpointing a this time in-shape Young, in Puerto Rico. It was Ocasio's career high.

This earned him his only world heavyweight title shot, against Larry Holmes in 1979. Attempting to become the first Hispanic to win the world Heavyweight championship, Ocasio was badly outclassed and lost to Holmes by a knockout in seven rounds.

In 1980 he fought red hot undefeated prospect Michael Dokes, and was unlucky to only get a draw. However a rematch saw Ocasio surprisingly knocked out in 1 round. The following year he travelled to the UK and made little effort against local prospect John L. Gardner, before collapsing without getting hit in the 6th round.

Cruiserweight World Champion

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He later went down in weight, to fight in the then newly created division of the Cruiserweights. In 1982 he was matched with Robbie Williams in South Africa for the vacant WBA title. Ocasio became a world champion by beating Williams by a 15-round unanimous decision. He shared honors as world champion of that division with countryman Carlos De León, the WBC world champion.

Ocasio made three successful defenses, winning 15-round decisions over Young Joe Louis and Randy Stephens, and knocking out John Odhiambo in the 15th round in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. He then returned to South Africa, where he lost his title to Piet Crous by a 15-round decision. One month before losing the title, his brother had been murdered.

Ocasio, during his championship run, was able to buy a house in Trujillo Alto, where he maintained a large farm. He also participated in a Puerto Rican movie, playing a slave in the production.

In 1986, he made a comeback, winning two fights including a 10-round decision over former world champion Dwight Muhammad Qawi in Atlantic City. The crowd jeered Ocasio for his negative style, but it was the intelligent strategy to use on a short bomber like Qawi. He attempted to regain his world championship against Evander Holyfield in Marseille, France, but lost by a knockout in 11 rounds.

Return to Heavyweight

He returned to the heavyweight division in 1988, defeating Pierre Coetzer in South Africa, but losing the decision in a rematch. After this fight he was relegated to trialhorse status.

In 1989 he made Ray Mercer look bad, losing an 8-round decision. In 1990 he dropped decisions to Tyrell Biggs and Bruce Seldon, then travelled to the UK for two fights losing an 8-round decision to Lennox Lewis and scoring an upset when stopping Jess Harding in 8 rounds. Ocasio then travelled to Australia, where he was outpointed by the erratic Mike Hunter.

One last comeback in 1992 resulted in a dreary points loss to ex-contender Carl Williams, but it was hard hitting Hispanic prospect Alex Garcia who convinced the usually durable Ocasio to retire- he decked Ocasio several times before knocking him out in the 8th.

He retired from boxing with a record of 23 wins, 13 losses and 1 draw, with 12 knockout wins. He currently resides in Orlando, Florida.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
37 fights 23 wins 13 losses
By knockout 12 5
By decision 11 8
Draws 1
Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
Loss 23-13-1 United States Alex Garcia TKO 8 (10) 23/11/1992 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States
Loss 23-12-1 United States Carl Williams UD 10 20/08/1992 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 23-11-1 United States Mike Hunter UD 10 14/12/1990 Australia Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 23-10-1 United Kingdom Jess Harding RTD 8 (10) 03/10/1990 United Kingdom Festival Hall, Basildon, Essex, England, United Kingdom Referee stopped the fight after eight completed rounds.
Loss 22-10-1 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis PTS 8 27/06/1990 United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom
Loss 22-9-1 United States Bruce Seldon UD 8 18/05/1990 United States San Jose, California, United States
Loss 22-8-1 United States Tyrell Biggs UD 10 11/01/1990 United States Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 22-7-1 United States Ray Mercer SD 8 07/12/1989 United States Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 22-6-1 South Africa Pierre Coetzer UD 10 26/11/1988 South Africa Standard Bank Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, South Africa
Win 22-5-1 South Africa Pierre Coetzer UD 10 06/03/1988 South Africa Good Hope Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
Loss 21-5-1 United States Evander Holyfield TKO 11 (15) 15/08/1987 France Saint-Tropez, Var, France For WBA World and IBF cruiserweight titles.
Win 21-4-1 United States Dwight Muhammad Qawi MD 10 15/05/1987 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 20-4-1 Puerto Rico Narcisco Maldonado PTS 10 23/03/1986 United States Lawlor Events Center, Nevada, United States
Loss 19-4-1 South Africa Piet Crous UD 15 01/12/1984 South Africa Superbowl, Sun City, South Adrica For WBA cruiserweight title.
Win 19-3-1 Kenya John Odhiambho TKO 15 05/05/1984 Australia Mets Pavillion, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico For WBA cruiserweight title.
Win 18-3-1 United States Randy Stephens UD 15 20/05/1983 United States Dunes Outdoor Arena, Nevada, United States For WBA cruiserweight title.
Win 17-3-1 United States Eddie Taylor UD 15 15/12/1982 United States Aragon Ballroom, Illinois, United States For WBA cruiserweight title.
Win 16-3-1 South Africa Robbie Williams SD 15 13/02/1982 South Africa Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa For vacant WBA cruiserweight title.
Loss 15-3-1 United Kingdom John L Gardner KO 10 17/03/1981 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London, United Kingdom
Win 15-2-1 United Kingdom Barry Funches UD 10 23/10/1980 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States
Loss 14-2-1 United States Michael Dokes TKO 1 28/06/1980 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
Draw 14-1-1 United States Michael Dokes SD 10 19/04/1980 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 14-1 United States Jack Sterling TKO 1 20/11/1979 United States Convention Hall, Florida, United States
Loss 13-1 United States Larry Holmes TKO 7 23/03/1979 United States Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, Nevada, United States For WBC World Heavyweight Title
Win 13-0 United States Jimmy Young UD 10 27/01/1979 Puerto Rico Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 12-0 United States Jimmy Young SD 10 09/06/1978 United States Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion, Nevada, United States
Win 11-0 United States Kevin Isaac UD 10 08/04/1978 Puerto Rico Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Win 10-0 United States Tom Nickson KO 4 12/07/1977 United States Orlando Sports Stadium, Florida, United States
Win 9-0 United States Frank Schram TKO 4 25/06/1977 Puerto Rico Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Win 8-0 United States Clarence Morris KO 2 14/06/1977 United States Orlando Sports Stadium, Florida, United States
Win 7-0 United States Gene Idelette KO 1 17/03/1977 Puerto Rico Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 6-0 United States Ed Turner KO 2 12/02/1977 Puerto Rico Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Win 5-0 United States Aaron Solomon KO 1 16/08/1976 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 4-0 United States Ed Turner PTS 8 17-07-1976 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 3-0 Puerto Rico Luis Reins KO 1 27-04-1976 Puerto Rico Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 2-0 Argentina Rafael Guerrero KO 2 05-04-1976 Puerto Rico Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 1-0 United States Virgin Islands Lorenzo Simons KO 3 20-02-1976 Puerto Rico Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Inaugural Champion WBA cruiserweight champion
February 13, 1982 – December 1, 1984
Succeeded by
Piet Crous