posted on Apr, 11 2003 @ 10:02 AM
Born: October, 29 1980
Weight: 140 Height: 5'8"
Country: Puerto Rico
Trainer: Evangelista Cotto
Promoter: Top Rank
Co-Managers: Peter Rivera, Evangelista Cotto
After four years of being the best amateur boxer in Puerto Rico, Miguel Cotto made a very impressive leap into the professional ranks last February 23
in Austin, Texas as he stopped Jason Doucet of Lake Charles, Louisiana in the first round. In front of a very large and very vocal crowd in the Erwin
Center at Texas University, Cotto showed all his skills against Doucet. Cotto was fast on his feet, quick with his hands and devastating with both
fists as he put down Doucet twice in the first round of a scheduled four round bout. “I was just happy to get the first win under my belt. He (Doucet)
had a lot of courage and was very strong,’’ said Cotto after a fight that was televised nationally by the cable sports network ESPN2.
Cotto’s second professional fight came on March 30 in Forth Worth, Texas and this time he stopped Jacob Godinez in the second round, showing once
again his tremendous speed and power in a fight that was again shown on ESPN2.
For his third professional fight Cotto traveled to New York on April 28 to take part in a very important card and once again showed what he is made of
by taking everything that Waklimi Young had to give and still dominated the four rounds with his great body shots and quick combinations on his way to
a four round unanimous decision. “He (Young) was in great shape to take my shots and not go down. I was happy with my performanceand that I was able
to get some work in this fight,” said Cotto after the fight in the Hammestein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center. “Fighting in New York its always
important for Puerto Ricans and I’m glad I won and gave a good account of myself”, said the 20 year-old fighter.
On his fourth fight he went to six-round for the first time and also made his professional debut in Puerto Rico on May 20 on a card held at Pier 10 in
San Juan, where his Olympic teammates, Ivan Calderon, Ruben Fuchu and Edwin Algarin were also in action. He won a unanimous decision against Mexican
Martin Ramirez (6-8,3ko's).
On his fifth and most recent fight he also fought in San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 7 against Rudolfo Lunsford (11-15-1,7ko's). He won by TKO on the 4
Cotto began to fight at a very young age following in the family tradition. His father, uncle, brother and cousin had taken the same path before him
as they made boxing the family business in the Cotto household. In the little gym of Bairoa in Caguas where such world champions as Orlando “Cholo”
Fernandez and Jose “Cury” Carrazo where made, Cotto began his dream of someday making a name in boxing. Under the watchful eye of his father Miguel
Angel Cotto and his uncle Evangelista Cotto, the young Miguel began what would turn out to become one of the most successful amateur careers in the
history of Puerto Rico boxing. His boxing skills, fast hands and quick movements in the ring became his trademark as the right-handed fighter began to
get noticed internationally in 1997.
In 1997 Cotto won the bronze medal in the Central American tournament in Mexico City and followed that with a gold medal in a regional tournament in
Colombia. In 1998 Cotto captured the gold in the prestigious Pedro Julio Nolasco tournament in the Dominican Republic and then won the silver in the
Pan American youth tournament in Mexico City, the Central American and Caribbean Games in Maracaibo Venezuela and the Youth World Championship. In
1999 Cotto competed in the Pan American Games in Winnipeg and won the gold medal in the Jose Torres tournament in Puerto Rico to close out another
Cotto represented Puerto Rico in the Olympic Games in Sydney last year and lost a very controversial decision to Mahamadkadyz Abdullaev in his first
fight. Abdullaev from Uzbekistan would go on to win the gold medal in the 140-pound category. Cotto finished his great amateur career with a 95-23
record and with the expectations of a great professional career.