The fighters represented by Miguel Cotto promotions where the big winners this past Saturday night in their exciting matchups versus some of the best fighters that Universal Promotions has to offer in a card that took place at the Roger L. Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas where the big-time prospects Angel “Tito” Acosta and Alberto “Explosivo” Machado once again ruled the night with their knockouts.
The card was presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions, the company that is run by the five-time Puerto Rican world champion, in association with Roc Nation Sports, H2 Entertainment and Universal Promotions was part of the popular series “DIRECTV Boxing Nights”.
Acosta from Barrio Obrero in San Juan Puerto Rico upped his record to 13-0 with 13 KO’s by annihilating Dominican born and Puerto Rico resident Erickson Martell (12-6-1, 8 KOs) at 2:59 of the second round to retain his WBC Fecarbox Mini Flyweight belt. Machado of Monte Hatillo in San Juan Puerto Rico, kept his record perfect (14-0, 12 KOs) with fifth consecutive first round knockout by knocking down Miguel Angel Mendoza (22-8-2, 21 KOs) of Mexico twice before the fight was stopped by the referee at 2:20. “That is a punch we have been practicing in the gym,” said Acosta about his short right hand that landed perfectly in the chin of Martell that lay him out in the canvas, “I expected a much tougher fight but I knew it was not going to go the full eight round, but both have a lot of power and felt that the fight would not go past the third round either way,” added the 25 year-old winner.
Machado meanwhile landed his many and lethal arsenal as soon as Mendoza came out of the gate very aggressive and looking to landed his own shots fast. “He started the fight throwing a lot of punches and the fight got tough there for a few moments, but I was able to land a right hook that made him open his defense,” said Machado, who is 25 years-old and is a natural right-handed but fights our the lefty stand, “This was just proof of all my hard work at the gym”, added Machado who once again showed that he just might be the hardest lightweight puncher in the Puerto Rican boxing at this moment. While Martell was not able to do much in his fight, the other three fighters promoted by Javier Bustillo’s Universal Promotions did very well in the fights against their Cotto Promotions counterparts.
The fight the stole the night was the one between Carlos “Kid” Narvaez (14-0, 7 KOs) of Morovis who captured the vacant Fecarbox super flyweight belt by taking home a decision over Carlos “El Machazo” Rodriguez (12-3, 11 KOs) by scores of 78-73, 76-75, 77-74. The fight was a back and forth affair that Narvaez control mostly with his movement and fast hands but was pressured al night by Rodriguez, who work the body all night long but suffered a fourth round knockdown for his aggression. “The plan was to use my better boxing to control de fight but we kept coming with the pressured and I felt my legs get weary towards the end of fight. And had to go toe to toe with him”, added Narvaez who has hurt in the fifth round but was able to recover, “I had to dig deep to proof to myself what I am made off. That was my best fight and for sure he was my best opponent to date, but I was very determined to get that belt.”
In other action Janiel ‘Pototo’ Rivera (14-2-3 y 4 KO’s) scored a sixth round TKO at 1:52 over Anthony Rodríguez (7-3 y 2 KOs) in an eight round 105 pound bout, Rivera was knockdown once in the first round and survived two other big right hands in the round by Rodriguez who hadn’t fought in seven years. “He showed me that even if he is not a 105 pounder he made the weight but still has power in those hands and I felt them. The plan was to box him, land our shots and not let him landed anything, but we did not expected him to switch to left-hand stance and he kept landing the right hand, when we expecting him to throw his right-hand,” said Rivera who was able to score a knockdown in the fourth. “I to figure him out and the only way to do it was to go at him,” The fight was stopped in the sixth round the third man in the ring Ramon Navedo, when Rodriguez right eye was completely shut. “That tells you that I can also hit”, added Rivera.
In another exciting title bout Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez (17-0 y 10) of Las Marias retained his WBC Latino Super Flyweight bout by taking home a unanimous 10 round decision by scores of 97-93, 97-93 and 98-92) over Edwin “Puto” Rodríguez (7-3, 4 KOs) of Juana Diaz. “Chiquiro” dominated the fight with his measured style, solid defense and effective combination, but also had a scared in the final minutes of the fourth round when Rodriguez landed a hard body shot. “I can’t deny it he did hurt me, not sure if it was right or a left, but I was able to overcome and got the win,” said Rodriguez.
The card also had the impressive debut of John Bauza born in Cataño, but who lives in New Jersey and recently signed by Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions. As an amateur he had a 170-8 record and won a national title in the United States, but did not looked for an Olympic berth because he was not yet 18 years-old. He just turned 18 on April 11. Bauza another righty who fights out of the left stance knockdown Leroy Padilla twice before stopping him at 1;16 of the first round. In other action Ricardo ‘Richy” Rodríguez (now 7-0-1, 5 KOs), score a third round TKO over Luis Cosme (8-9-1, 3 KOs) in a 126 pound contest; Emanuel Rivera (15-1 y 11 KOs) stopped Eduardo Meléndez (5-21 y 1 KO) in the fifth round of a 121 pound bout and Juan ‘Cowi’ Herrera (14-9-1 y 4 KOs) won a four round decision over Luis Ortiz (3-20) in a four round 122 pound bout.