It went down to that wire, but Angel “Tito” Acosta stayed perfect in the KO realm, at 18-1, with 18 Kos, when he stopped out Carlos Buitrago on Saturday night in Puerto Rico.
The 108 pound hitter, fighting on a Miguel Cotto Promotions event..
..which ran on PPV, gave the assembled at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan an extra rush in the home stretch.
Buitrago, taking part in his fifth fruitless title shot opp, dropped to 30-4-1.
We checked in with living legend Miguel Cotto, now working full time as a promoter, to get his thoughts on the event.
It was the first defense for Acosta, who won the title in December 2017 when he knocked out Mexican Juan Alejo in New York.
“We were working. The corner told me to walk to the right side, and he took the right. He is a super experienced boxer. He knew how to move and fight well,” said Acosta after.
The final came at 1:43 of the 12th round, when ref Luis Pabon stopped the fight. Buitrago is a crafty one, a strong protector. He takes mustard off his shots so he doesn’t over commit and get off balance. But that meant that Acosta kept on peppering away, landing hard shots. Like in the 12th; bulled to the ropes, down went Buitrago. He stood up, took a count, and fought on. Four or five power shots landed clean as he backed up, and wasn’t defending himself or answering, so Pabon made the right call.