WBC lightweight champ, Humberto Soto (55-7-2, 32 KOs) will be staying busy with a voluntary defense of his belt this Saturday night against Japan’s Motoki Sasaki (36-8-1, 23 KOs) at the Parque Andrés Quintana Roo in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Soto has recently declared himself a promotional free agent and is still deciding between a continued presence in the lightweight division or a move up to jr. welterweight, where the money is greater, but the talent pool is significantly deeper. In his last bout, he won a unanimous 10-round decision over Fidel Monterrosa Munoz at the 140 lb. limit. Prior to that, he engaged in an all-out war, winning a close unanimous decision against Urbano Antillon in a lightweight title defense.
Sasaki is a 14-year veteran who is best known for a one-sided unanimous decision loss to Viacheslav Senchenko for the WBA welterweight title in 2009. Sasaki, despite getting this shot at Soto’s lightweight crown, has never actually fought at the 135 lb. limit.
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