By Marc Livitz: You could say Humberto Soto was a cut above Jose Alfaro in their Light Welterweight contest tonight in Los Mochis, MX.
An accidental headbutt in the second round opened up a gash above Alfaro’s right eye. Soto sustained a cut as well as a result of the clash of heads, but he was much less affected with only a trickling of blood from the side of his right eye.
The referee stopped the contest at the one minute mark of round two and Soto was declared the winner by way of TKO. Mexican rules regarding headbutts appear to be a bit different to the ones to which we are accustomed.
With or without the stoppage, however the fight was never in doubt. Soto was aggressive from the opening bell, as he established a steady jab and often followed with powerful head shots. Alfaro (25(22)-8(5)) of Nicaragua struggled to find any type of rhythm as he was no match for Soto’s early onslaught.
Soto set the tone early and was clearly in control when the headbutt took place. Humberto “Zorrita” Soto moved to 57(33)-7(1)-2, with one of his losses occurring three years ago in a controversial disqualification loss to Francisco Lorenzo on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao’s fight versus David Diaz in Las Vegas. He made his second step up in weight in his last three fights from lightweight to junior welterweight.
Soto was rated the Ring Magazine’s #2 at Lightweight. Upon the fight’s conclusion, he expressed his satisfaction with the victory. “I was very calm and prepared. I felt strong and I feel that this is my natural weight”, he said.
Fight Weights: Soto: 140.25 - - - Alfaro 139.25
September 3, 2011