By Phil D. Jay
“I would love to fight for the WBC title. I haven't heard my name being mentioned to be in the mix but, let’s hope.” – Kermit Cintron
Former world welterweight champion Kermit Cintron is looking to return to action in May, a year after his controversial match-up with Paul “The Punisher” Williams ended in unusual circumstances and was prematurely ended in the fourth round.
The 31 year-old was behind on all three scorecards when he accidentally tripped over Williams’ leg and fell out of the ring on to a ringside table, then on to floor, causing an injury that the US-based Puerto Rican could not recover from and the bout was called off.
Four rounds had not been completed at this stage and it was thought that the fight would be declared a no-contest, but to Cintron and his team’s amazement, the referee Lou Moret decided that the bout should be scored and Williams was given a technical decision victory.
“El Asesino” is now ready for a ring return and hopes to claim the WBC title shot that he earned in 2009 against Alfredo Angulo, but was never given. Cintron unanimously out-pointed the undefeated Mexican in a WBC 154lb title eliminator but never actually fought for the title before losing the controversial Williams fight.
Cintron now has his fingers crossed after Manny Pacquiao vacated the WBC title that he gained from out-classing Antonio Margarito in November last year at a catch-weight of 150lbs and that could put Cintron in the frame for a summer challenge.
“It’s looking like I will be in action in May. I am not sure what about the exact date or where it will be, but I know it's in May,” Cintron told WBN.
“I would love to fight for the WBC title, I haven't heard my name being mentioned to be in the mix, but lets hope,” added the former world champion.
Phil D. Jay covers the boxing scene for worldboxingnews.net