Belmontes ready for Abner Cotto, eyes bigger things

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Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes makes a return to his hometown of Texas when he faces Puerto Rico’s Abner Cotto in a 10-round junior lightweight main event of Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes’ Golden Boy Live on August 7th at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The 25-year-old Belmontes (19-4, 5 Ko’s), who is coming off a controversial 10-round decision loss to Omar Figueroa in April, is out to make a statement after suffering that setback and has put it behind him.

“After my win/loss to Figueroa I knew that everyone who saw that saw that I won, the fans know I won, it was on TV, people watching it knew that I won, so I am not to worried about it,” Belmontes said exclusively to On “Q” Sports Wednesday.

Belmontes expects to get the best that Cotto (17-2, 8 Ko’s) has to offer but believes he will be the better prepared boxer and people will see that.

“I am still studying him, my trainer is studying him, we have seen him fight a couple of times, and we are completely confident with the game plan going against him. I want to destroy him, really hurt him, maybe knock him out, but we are really going to beat the shit out of him. I will work the body and throw combinations and finish him off in the later rounds.”

Including his loss to Eric Hunter in 2012, Belmontes has dropped four of six bouts.

At times the knock on Belmontes was what boxer would show up in the ring. The one who lost to Francisco Vargas or the one who dominated Will Tomlinson.

A knock that Belmontes is quick to dismiss.

“I am trying to show everyone that I have not had one or two great fights and that is it. I want to show everyone when I train very hard, I can beat anybody at 130-135lbs.”

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Rich Quiñones is an award winning broadcaster and journalist. He is the lead blow-by-blow Boxing voice for and Go Fight Live’s Boxing on Comcast. He has sat ringside calling the action with Monte Barrett, Brian Adams, Amir Mansour, Danny Garcia, James Kirkland, Mark Breland, Ronnie Shields, Teddy Atlas and Lou DiBella, while broadcasting over 125 bouts for GFL in 2013-2014.

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