May 8, 2009

Jose Raymond: Pro Debut

With 11 first place wins, including two overall titles (the 2001 ANBC USA Natural Championships and 2005 Team Universe Championships), Bostonian Jose Raymond earned and accepted his IFBB pro card at the 2007 NPC Nationals after winning the middleweight class. The 5'4" 34 year old, and younger brother of Tito, had qualified for his pro card three times previously (with his 2001 and 2005 Nationals class wins, and the Team Universe win) but thought at the time he wasn't in a position to step on stage with the "big boys."

Jose will at last be making his pro debut in the 202 & Under class at the 2009 New York Pro on May 16. Below are some images from his 2007 contests.

Here's Jose posing backstage at the 2005 NPC National Championships where he placed 1st in the welterweights.