By Jake Donovan
Angel “Tito” Acosta is just days removed from the best win of his career, but already back hard at work and for good reason as his next fight date is already around the corner.
The reigning junior flyweight titlist in fresh off of a one-sided 8th round stoppage of former 108-pound title claimant Ganigan Lopez in late March at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. The bout streamed live on DAZN, which will return to the very same venue for his next title defense on June 8.
“Tito Acosta will be right back in the ring on June 8,” Bryan Perez, vice president of operations for Cotto Promotions—who co-promotes Acosta along with Golden Boy Promotions—informed BoxingScene.com. “We are currently working on an opponent but he will be back in Indio for his fourth title defense.”
Acosta (20-1, 20KOs) won his version of the 108-pound crown in Dec. ’17, scoring a 10th round knockout of Juan ‘Pinky’ Alejo on the undercard of the final fight in the career of his promoter and former four-division champ Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The win came seven months after his lone career loss, a 12-round decision to Kosei Tanaka, whom vacated the title soon thereafter.
Three successful title defenses have followed his MSG debut, including his impressive showing versus Mexico’s Lopez on March 30 in Indio, Calif. Acosta won every round before putting Lopez down and out for the night midway through the 8th round of their DAZN-streamed co-feature to Ryan Garcia’s two-round wipeout of Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez.
Afterward, he wasn’t the least bit shy about calling out the other titlists in a 108-pound division where he plans to remain despite briefly struggling at the scales ahead of his latest win. It’s doubtful that a unification bout comes that soon, but all options are being considered as the diminutive knockout artist is eager to leave his mark on the sport.
“I plan to stay at 108 pounds for the rest of the year; I really don’t have any problem making or maintaining the weight,” Acosta insisted to BoxingScene.com. “My plan is to defend my title against the best fighters Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions can line up for me. I want to stay active and collect all of the titles.”
A mere ten-week turnaround is a nice start towards achieving that goal.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox