Transgender Boxer Knocked Out In 21 Seconds But Releases Defiant Statement

Transgender fighter Patricio Manuel said he will continue boxing after his first career loss.

Manuel was a five-time US Women's amateur champion before gender reassignment surgery nearly a decade ago and losing to Joshua Brian Reyes.

Manuel, the first transgender boxer in 2018, was unbeaten at 3-0 before facing Reyes at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. 

Manuel, the first transgender boxer in 2018, was unbeaten at 3-0 before facing Reyes at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. 

Manuel, the only transgender boxer, plans to continue his career despite the early loss. Manuel posted on Instagram, "I'm not one to hide my face no matter the outcome....I lost last night.

But I won't apologize. I never play it safe, which occasionally leads to failure. Life has repeatedly taught me that failure will not break me. 

A busy 2023 saw Manuel defeat Hieun Huynh in four rounds and Alex Gutierrez in a unanimous decision in June, landing twice as many strikes.

Manuel fell for the first time in his career in a 21-second fight with Reyes. The referee declared a technical knockout after he struggled to stand.

Manuel has freely acknowledged his excitement of competing since gender reassignment surgery in 2015. He hopes to continue boxing professionally.