Cidra, PR - At the Juanito Cabello Coliseum, the star attraction of the night saw Abner 'Pin' Cotto (23-3, 12KO's) keep his promise to stop Samuel 'Sammito' Santana (11-12-3, 2KO's) in the fourth round - accomplishing this by knocking him down with a accurate combination to the head and then finishing him off in an aggressive way - which forced the referee, Ramón Peña, to stop the fight.
Santana came out aggressive from the opening bell, looking to squeeze out power shots, but the height and reach of Cotto complicated the night.
In the end, the atmosphere became somewhat tense, as 'Sammito' was trying hard to pull off a knockout, but saw himself stopped in a hurry.
"People are wrong with me," Cotto said.
"Although they thought that by seeing me without a good set of abs it meant that I was not ready, I showed them the opposite. I prepared very well for this fight. I came stronger. My coaches, my company and my fans know what I am capable of. Sammito came to do his work, he connected on me with some punches that landed well, but he never took me out of concentration. We demonstrated the quality we have. Now let's go back to 135 pounds and prove that we are elite at my real weight. "
With the victory, Cotto won the vacant Fecarbox Super Lightweight (140 pounds) of the World Boxing Council (WBC).
In a combat for the vacant Fecarbox silver super lightweight belt of the WBC, Julián 'Cano' Cruz (9-0) put in an outstanding performance, and won the contest with a unanimous decision over the veteran Fernando Torres (18-7-1, 10KO's).
"This victory opens many doors for me in this sport where you make a lot of sacrifices," Cruz said. "I felt strong, improved. I am ready for new challenges. I want to face the best fighters at 135 pounds. "
The judges scored it 79-73, 78-74 and 79-73.