|Real name||José Miguel Cotto Vázquez|
|Rated at||Super bantamweight
|Height||5 ft 5.5 in (1.66 m)|
June 22, 1977 |
Caguas, Puerto Rico
|Wins by KO||24|
José Miguel Cotto Vázquez (born June 22, 1977) is a Puerto Rican professional boxer and a four-time regional level champion. He is the brother of five-time world boxing champion Miguel Cotto and the cousin of lightweight contender Abner Cotto.
In 1995 as an amateur, 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.
He won the WBC Youth World super bantamweight title on August 20, 2000, a split decision win against a capable young Fernando Velardez (who would later fight Mexican legend Erik Morales for Morales' WBC Featherweight title).
On 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.
On September 9, 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 14 of that year he stopped Mexican Luis Lizarraga at two minutes and thirty seven seconds of the first round to win the regional, International Boxing Council (IBC) Intercontinental super featherweight title. He has also won the vacant WBO intercontinental super featherweight title during his fight with Genaro Trazancos.
On August 6, he beat former WBA Bantamweight champion Al Kotey by a ten-round unanimous decision in 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.
On January 20, 2006, Cotto knocked Ubaldo Hernandez out 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 View undercard, for the WBA world Lightweight title in an exciting fight where both contestants threw nearly a hundred punches per round.
Cotto then proceeded to fight Canelo Álvarez at welterweight. Cotto got off to a good start and almost knocked out Alvarez, in round 2 Cotto went down after missing a hook. The referee stopped the fight in round 9 after Cotto was trapped in the corner and was taking many flush right hands by Alvarez.
He was scheduled to face former two time lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo on February 11, 2012, though it was cancelled due to Castillo coming in overweight. On April 21, 2012 Jose Cotto beat Eric Cruz (13-8 13 KO's) by UD over 10 rounds, knocking the overmatched opponent down twice.
Professional boxing record
|33 Wins (24 knockouts), 4 loss(s), 1 Draw, 0 No Contest |
|Loss||33-4-1||Manuel Pérez||SD||10||2012-07-21||Oasis Hotel Complex, Cancún, Quintana Roo||For NABA Lightweight title.|
|Win||33-3-1||Eric Cruz||UD||10||2012-04-21||Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza, Caguas|
|Loss||32-3-1||Paulie Malignaggi||UD||10||2011-04-09||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||32-2-1||Christopher Henry||TKO||4 (10), 1:19||2010-11-05||Coliseo Cosme Beitia Salamo, Cataño|
|Loss||31-2-1||Canelo Álvarez||TKO||9 (10), 2:51||2010-05-01||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada||For NABF Welterweight title.|
|Win||31-1-1||Ilido Julio||TKO||6 (8)||2009-12-19||Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza, Caguas|
|Win||30-1-1||Martin Ramirez||KO||3 (8), 2:52||2009-09-26||Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, Caguas|
|Win||29-1-1||Anthony Woods||TKO||4 (8), 2:24||2009-08-29||Coliseo Ruben Viera, Las Piedras|
|Draw||28-1-1||Prawet Singwancha||MD||12||2007-05-11||Coliseo Angel 'Cholo' Espada, Salinas||For vacant WBA World Lightweight title.|
|Win||28-1-0||Ivan Hernandez||TKO||10 (10), 1:57||2006-08-04||Coliseo Pedrín Zorrilla, Hato Rey|
|Loss||27-1-0||Juan Díaz||UD||12||2006-04-08||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||For WBA World Lightweight title.|
|Win||26-0-0||Ubaldo Hernandez||KO||7 (10), 2:59||2006-01-20||Activity Center, Maywood, California|
|Win||25-0-0||Genaro Trazancos||TKO||7 (12), 1:00||2005-03-04||Coliseo Pedrín Zorrilla, Hato Rey||Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental Super Featherweight title.|
|Win||24-0-0||Armando Cordoba||KO||1 (12), 1:27||2005-01-29||Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Hato Rey||Won vacant WBO NABO Lightweight title.|
|Win||23-0-0||Alfred Kotey||UD||10||2004-08-06||Coliseo Pedrín Zorrilla, Hato Rey|
|Win||22-0-0||Luis Alfonso Lizarraga||KO||1 (11), 2:27||2004-05-14||Dodge Theater, Phoenix, Arizona||Won IBC Intercontinental Lightweight title.|
|Awards and achievements|
|WBC Youth World Super Bantamweight Champion
August 20, 2000 – September 23, 2000
Title next held byFernando Velardez
Title last held byLemuel Nelson
|IBC Intercontinental Super Featherweight Champion
April 14, 2004 – 2005
Title last held byEbo Elder
|WBO NABO Lightweight Champion
January 29, 2005 – July 22, 2005
Title last held byJanos Nagy
|WBO Intercontinental Super Featherweight Champion
March 4, 2005 – December 2, 2005
Julio Pablo Chacon