TEAK-tough Japanese super-welterweight was comprehensively defeated by modern great Miguel Cotto in Carson on Saturday night for the vacant WBO title.
The fan-friendly fighter dubbed “Corazón de Acero” by promoter Oscar De La Hoya released this statement after the loss.
“First of all I want to thank HBO, Golden Boy Promotions, Teiken promotions, The StubHub Center, the sponsors and my competitor, Miguel Cotto.
Last night I fought with one of my idols in boxing, Miguel Cotto. I knew that for myself to win was to pressure him but with his experience and excellent defence I couldn’t land a big punch and a win.
All I had in mind was winning and I was disappointed that I couldn’t. But after this fight, I will become stronger and hope this experience will make me a stronger boxer.
I was told that HBO and Golden Boy will give me another chance so after I get a little rest, I’ll hit the gym and start training again. For all the Californians that came or watched the fight on HBO, thank you for all the support.
To all the fans from all around, thank you for giving me strength and all the support and hope that I can show a better fight next time.
I’ll be back and hope to see you all back in the states! – Thank you! Gracias!”