For Humberto “Zorrita” Soto of Los Mochis, Mexico the first defense of his WBC Super Featherweight title couldn’t have come at a better place, since Tijuana is where he has been preparing for his fights for most of his professional career. “I want to look good in Tijuana, because this is the place where I spent most of my time training and I spent a lot time here and have enjoyed my time in this city. It will be like a homecoming fight for me no doubt about it,” said Soto, who again is training at the CREA gym in Tijuana for his first title defense. Soto will take on Antonio Davis on Saturday, March 28 in the big championship card “Tijuana Thunder” to be telecast on pay-per-view by Top Rank and headlined by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Luciano Cuello.
“This is a very important card for all of us and that is why I want to give good account of myself I want to show all my talent and power in this fight,” said Soto.
Soto a former interim featherweight and super featherweight champion finally became the absolute WBC super featherweight champion last December 20 in Cozumel, Mexico when he beat Francisco Lorenzo by unanimous decision.
“It was important for me to become a full-fledged world champion after not been able to do it at 126 pounds, I wanted to it at 130 pounds and prove to everyone that I belong in the elite of this weight division,” said Soto, who in his first crack at the WBC belt was disqualified against Lorenzo.
Davis should be a worthy opponent for Soto and one that he will not overlook. “I know little about him and that makes me work even harder. I don’t want any surprises in the ring. I know he fought some good fighters in his career and I will not underestimate him at all,” said Soto, who is been trained by Romulo Quirarte Jr for this fight.
But Soto is also looking ahead to a big payday and big fight this year.
“If I have to go up to lightweight I don’t mind,” said Soto. “I know I can do just as well at 135 pounds. I’d love to face Juan Manuel Marquez, Edwin Valero and why not my former mentor Erik Morales if he comes back?”
But for now Soto is getting ready for Davis and to give his “hometown” fans as good a fight as he can.