Associated Press - February 28, 2004
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Victoriano Sosa was supposed to be Miguel Cotto's toughest test yet. Cotto passed it easily Saturday night, knocking the veteran
fighter down three times in the fourth round to remain unbeaten in 19 fights.
Cotto was simply too strong for Sosa, landing some big left hooks and bloodying his lip before finally putting him down midway through the fourth
round of the 140-pound fight with a left hook.
Sosa got up at the count of seven, but it wasn't long before he was dropped by a left-right-left combination. He got up again, but was shaky as the
action resumed and Cotto landed a flurry to put him down for a final time at 2:51 of the round.
The 2000 Olympian from Puerto Rico scored his 16th knockout in 19 fights in what may have been his most impressive performance yet.
"He's a really good fighter," Sosa said. "He's got a real good chance of being a world champion."
The fight was on the undercard of the Erik Morales-Jesus Chavez 130-pound title fight at the MGM Grand hotel-casino.
Cotto said he was ready to fight anyone after easily beating what he called his toughest opponent yet.
"I'll fight anyone my promoter and manager tells me to fight," Cotto said.
Sosa (36-4-2) had fought twice for the lightweight title, dropping a 12-round decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last April. He said Cotto hit harder
"He's a very hard puncher," Sosa said. "Early in the fight I got him with some good shots but he's got a real good chin, too."
Sosa was cut on the bottom of his lip in the second round and had swelling under his left eye. Cotto made sure none of that mattered, though,
finishing him off with a series of thundering punches in the final round of the scheduled 12-round fight.