Friday, February 15, 2008

Cotto to defend WBA welterweight title gainst Gomez in Atlantic City

Undefeated world champion Miguel Cotto defends his WBA welterweight belt on April 12 against Contenders’ star Alfonso Gomez.

Cotto has beaten a quartet of former world champions in his last five fights – Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi and Carlos Quintana – which has made him the most dangerous welterweight in the world. Gomez, in the biggest fight of his career on July 14, 2007, stopped Arturo Gatti in the seventh round and ultimately sent him into retirement.

"It's always special when Miguel Cotto goes into the ring," said Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank. "Miguel is a great body puncher. Not good, great. He has a relentless style. He has power, intelligence and ring smarts. Now he faces a very tough challenger in Gomez who defeated and retired the great Arturo Gatti in this very same historic arena..”

“I am very excited to bring this World Championship fight to Atlantic City on April 12th,” said Harrah's Entertainment Sports & Entertainment Consultant Ken Condon. “This evening of Championship boxing continues the commitment of Caesars Atlantic City to bring world class events to Boardwalk Hall.”
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