Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (49-7-2, 32 KOs) is training in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico for his fight on December 19 in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico. Soto is the current WBC super featherweight champion and will take on two time world champion Jesús “Matador” Chávez in a 10 round lightweight bout on the big championship card that Top Rank will telecast on pay-per-view from two different locations. On the card middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik will take on Miguel Angel Espino in the main event. Pavlik will fight Espino in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio.
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Soto is running everyday in the Sinaloa Park and in the afternoon he is working out at the Gimnasio La Raza located in the Colonia Anahuac of Los Mochis. This Wednesday Soto is expected to test himself by doing 10 rounds of sparring. Soto is trained by Bobby Quirarte and Antonio Lozada.
“I know that Chavez is looking to get back into the mix with a victory against me, but I will be ready for everything he brings into the ring. I want to win a championship at lightweight and Chavez is a good opponent to test myself against at this weight.”
Fighting near his hometown is a big boost for Soto.
“I will be fighting about two hours away from Los Mochis, and I’m sure that many people will travel to see my fight and I want to give them a good show. It’s been a while since I fought at home or nearby,” said Soto.
Sotto has sparred with Jaime Orrantía, Rogelio Castañeda, Jorge Cinco among others as he gets ready for Chavez.
“I hope to fight the big names in the lightweight division next year. Edwin Valero and Juan Manuel Marquez are two guys that I would like to fight in 2010,” said Soto.
The four bout pay-per-view broadcast, beginning at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, will open Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, with WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto (49-7-2, 32 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico taking on two-time world champion Jesus Chavez (44-6, 30 KOs), of Austin, Tex., in a 10-round lightweight bout, followed by a rumble between WBA interim bantamweight champion Neomar CERMEÑO (18-0, 10 KOs), of Anzoategui, Venezuela, defending his title against Alejandro Valdez (22-3-2, 16 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico.
The pay-per-view action will shift to Youngstown where undefeated Top-10 super welterweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (25-0, 16 KOs), of Glendale, Calif., and trained by three-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach, will challenge NABF super welterweight champion Willie Lee (17-5, 10 KOs), of New Orleans, in a 12-round bout, followed by the main event, Pavlik vs. Espino.