Acosta stops Uutoni, world champion Tanaka next

acosta-uutoni Photo: Hector Santos Guia/ Miguel Cotto Promotions, LLC

In a WBO jr flyweight world title eliminator, unbeaten rising star Angel “Tito” Acosta (16-0, 16 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over WBO #1 ranked Jafet “The Lion” Uutoni (11-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Roger Mendoza in promoter Miguel Cotto’s hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico. The bout was waved off at 1:01 of round ten. Acosta becomes the mandatory challenger and will now challenge WBO 108lb world champion Kosei Tanaka within the next 90 days.

“I felt great tonight, I am very happy with my performance. Was a really tough fight and I like the way I went thru 10 rounds,” said Acosta. “He was really tough, I never expect him to be like that, he caught me with some good shots but didn’t hurt me.”