THE great Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs), the only four-division world champion in Puerto Rico’s rich boxing history, earned his sixth world title with a unanimous decision victory against the insanely tough Japanese slugger Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-4-2, 24 KOs) for the vacant WBO super-welterweight title in front of a sold-out crowd of 7,689 boxing fans at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The judges scored the bout 119-109, 118-110, and 120-108 in favor of Cotto.
“I felt so much frustration not being able to land any of my punches,” said Yoshihiro Kamegai. “I could not catch him at all. I couldn’t catch him at all. He is such a talented legend, and I am so glad I got the opportunity to fight him.”
Cheif-support saw Rey Vargas (30-0, 22 KOS) of Mexico City successfully defend his WBC super-bantamweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision victory against Santa Ana, Calif.’s Ronny Rios (28-2, 13 KOs). Vargas, the student of the Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain fought intelligently at a distance during the entire fight, while Rios tried to close that distance with hooks to the body. Though the fight was very competitive, Vargas won with scores of 118-110, 118-110 and 115-113.
“We came here to take the belt back home, even if that means that we didn’t get the knockout,” said Rey Vargas. “Rios was definitely an intelligent and skillful fighter. He got me with some head shots that threw me off, and he was of an elite level when it came to his boxing. We definitely need to go back and refine our style.”
Joet Gonzalez (18-0, 9 KOs) of Glendora, Calif. took another decisive step towards the top of the featherweight division with an impressive fifth-round technical knockout victory over Deivis Julio (19-3, 11 KOs) of Monteria, Colombia. Gonzalez dropped Bassa with a right hand in the fifth round, and after getting back to his feet, Gonzalez landed a flurry of punches that forced the referee to stop the fight at 2:57 of that very same round.
Los Angeles’ Tenochtitlan “T-Dog” Nava (7-0, 1 KO) scored a four-round unanimous victory against Angel Aguilar (18-14, 1 KO) of Mexico City in a featherweight fight in frond of a wild crowd of his supporters. Nava won the back-and-forth battle with three scores of 39-37.
Alexis Rocha (9-0, 6 KOs), the welterweight sensation of Santa Ana, Calif., scored an impressive knockout victory in the very first round against Esau Herrera (19-10-1, 10 KOs) of Tlaquepaque, Mexico.
Genaro Gamez (6-0, 4 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. scored a six-round unanimous decision victory against Rafael Reyes (7-11, 5 KOs) of Tamaulipas, México in the super lightweight division. Gamez scored a knockdown in the second round and hurt Reyes in each of the following rounds. Although Gamez was deducted a point in the fourth round because of a low blow, Gamez won with scores of 59-53, 58-54 and 59-53.