COLE BAY–Former Puerto Rican professional boxer Miguel Cotto, who emerged as the first boxer from his homeland to become a quadruple champion, will be signing autographs today at Prime Cash and Carry between 2:00 and 5:00pm, with the purchase of a four-pack of Capriccio Sangria (375ml) or two regular bottles (750ml).
As a child, Cotto was enrolled in boxing to help him lose weight. He took training from the most famous boxing gym in Puerto Rico, the “Bairoa Gym” in Caguas, where he developed into a top-class amateur boxer.
Belonging to a family of boxers, Cotto represented Puerto Rico as an amateur in the lightweight and light welterweight divisions at various international events. He won a silver medal in the lightweight division of the 1998 Junior World Championships.
He became a professional boxer by 2001. Initially, he fought as a hard-hitting pressure fighter. However, as he moved up the weight-rungs, he developed himself into a fine boxer-puncher. His professional boxing record shows an enviable count of 41 wins out of a total of 47 fights, of which 33 were won by knockout and eight by decision.
He won the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) light welterweight title in 2004 and retained it six times before vacating it, moving up in weight and winning the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title in 2006. He succeeded in defending that title four times.
He then won the vacant WBO welterweight title in 2009 and the WBA light middleweight title in 2010. In 2014, he won the World Boxing Council (WBC), The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles against Sergio Martínez, thereby becoming the first fighter from Puerto Rico to win world titles in four weight classes.
He is the owner of Promociones Miguel Cotto, a boxing promotion that he also heads. It arranges fight cards in his homeland. He is also the founder of the non-profit organisation El Ángel, which promotes steps and physical activities in combating obesity in infants.