WBO Honors Miguel Cotto’s Career with Diamond Belt

San Juan, PR: Today at the Legado Golf and Country Club surrounded by family and friends, 4x World Champion, Miguel “Junito” Cotto was recognized by WBO’s President, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel for his Hall of Fame career. Cotto was presented with WBO’s most prestigious award, The Diamond Belt.

Miguel Cotto was a WBO Champion at 140lb, 147lb and 154lb.

In attendance were:
Former and Current Champions
Miguel A. Cotto
Alberto Machado
Angel “Tito” Acosta
John John Molina
Alex “Nene” Sanchez
Angel “Cholo” Espada

WBO Executives
Francisco Valcarcel, Esq.
Adolfo Flores, Treasurer
Michael Pernick, Official Coordinator
John Duggan, Esq. 1st. Vice President
Genaro Rodriguez, 3rd Vice President
Alberto Rodriguez, Secretary
Jose Rivera Lamboy (JR)
Gustavo Olivieri, Esq.
Diana Melendez

Hon. Eduardo Cintron – Mayor of Guayama
Secretary of Sports and Recreations-Ms. Adriana Sanchez Pares

Golden Boy Promotions
Eric Gomez
Robert Diaz

Thompson Boxing Adds Unbeaten Talents Ruben Torres & Saul Sanchez to its Roster

Thompson Boxing Promotions bolstered its crop of quality, young talent by signing two, high-end prospects, the Southern California promotional outfit announced on Monday.

New to the Thompson Boxing roster are a pair of unbeaten standouts in lightweight Ruben Torres (3-0, 3 KOs) of Los Angeles and bantamweight Saul Sanchez (6-0, 4 KOs) of Indio, Calif. by way of No. Hollywood.

Both Torres and Sanchez are well known to the company. Torres has fought all of his professional fights on Thompson Boxing undercards, while Sanchez has made four appearances, all wins, with the aforementioned promoter.

The 20-year-old Torres, trained and managed by Danny Zamora, has started strong right from the jump registering three straight first round knockout wins.

“It’s an incredible feeling to sign with Thompson Boxing,” said Torres, who had a 55-15 mark in the unpaid ranks. “I understand there is a lot of work ahead, but I am up for the challenge. I have a great team behind me and I look forward to getting better with every fight.”

Sanchez, 20, is trained by Joel Diaz and managed by Steve Martini. Like Torres, Sanchez has shown incredible natural ability at the outset of his professional career. His most recent knockout win – versus Nestor Ramos in October – was of the one-punch variety in the opening round.

“This is what I’ve been working toward my whole life,” said Sanchez, who tallied a 90-18 record as an amateur. “I’m extremely thankful to everyone at Thompson Boxing for giving me this opportunity. I’ve earned it through hard work and I’m going to continue to dedicate myself to the sport.”

“We signed two, exceptional young men,” said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing. “Both Ruben and Saul are tireless workers with high potential. They like to thrill fans with their knockout ability. It won’t take them long to start making a name for themselves in their respective divisions.”

Sanchez will be active on Feb. 16, when Thompson Boxing opens its monthly boxing series from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. An opponent for Sanchez will be announced at a later date. Torres will likely be scheduled for a fight in either March or April.