There is a Latin proverb that says “experience is the best teacher.” For Juan Carlos Pena, he’s been in class for a while now. Pena is easily the most experienced of Payne Boxing’s fighters, having began his professional career back in 2009.


Pena’s road to his professional career was not the easiest one, though. As a child, Pena grow up in Villa Gonzaleaz, Dominican Republic just outside of Santiago De Los Caballeros. Pena, like many who hail from the area, grow up in poverty. Pena and his family still live in extremely poor conditions and he is hoping that, by coming to the United States, he will be able to help get his family in a better living situation.


Pena had a successful amateur career and was convinced to go pro following an amateur international tournament where he racked up multiple gold medals. 


Once he turned pro, there was no looking back. Pena showed that the decision for him to turn pro was the right one. He won each of his first 23 professional fights, a Payne Boxing record, including 15 by way of knockout. He is the first Payne Boxing fighter to reach the prestigous 30 career win mark as a professional.


The experienced veteran might be 31 years of age, but there is still a ton in the tank. The motivation to help his family get to a better place is all the fuel Pena needs. When he arrives in the United States, his goal is to make an immediate impact with one of the top promoters and with his extensive track record, Pena could very well be a name that many U.S. fight know sooner rather than later.

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