- José Miguel Cotto
José Miguel Cotto Vázquez (born
June 22, 1977in Caguas, Humacao) is a professional lightweightboxer from Caguas, Puerto Rico. He is the brother of the highly rated welterweightWorld Champion boxer Miguel Angel Cotto. Cotto, who has boxed for most of his career under the shadow of his brother, trains at Bairoa Gymin Caguas. In 1995, he participated at the Pan American Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina, and won a silver medal. A year later he represented his native country at the 1996 Summer Olympics, where he was defeated in the first round.
July 25, 2003, Cotto was supposed to fight in Phoenix, Arizona. However, his opponent had trouble getting a license to fight, as he had been knocked out recently and was serving a 45 day suspension from another state. The Arizona boxing commission was not able to find Cotto an opponent in time and the fight got cancelled.
September 5, at his native Caguas, Cotto finally returned to action, with a first round knockout win over Johnny Walker. On December 19, he fought Anthony Martinez in Aibonito, winning by an eighth round knockout.
Cotto moved to Phoenix early in 2004. On
April 14of that year he stopped Mexican Luis Lizarragaat two minutes and thirty seven seconds of the first round to win the minor, International Boxing Counciltitle.
August 6, he beat former world champion Al Koteyby a ten round unanimous decision at San Juan. On August 20, 2005, Cotto would have boxed Manuel Medina, with a world title shot at stake. But he was not able to make the fight's weight limit and the fight was cancelled.
January 20, 2006, Cotto knocked Ubaldo Hernandezout in seven rounds at Mayfield, California. On April 8, he received his first world title try, losing a twelve round decision to Juan Díaz as part of a Pay Per Viewundercard, for the WBA world Lightweight title.
In May 2007, he and
Prawat Singwangcha(30-3-1, 18 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw in a bout for the vacant WBA lightweight title.
Boxing at the 1995 Pan American Games
Boxing at the 1996 Summer Olympics
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