Kermit Cintron Interview: Accepts George Sosa WBO Super Welterweight Belt Challenge

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

 

In a Real Combat Media International interview exclusive, former world welterweight champion Kermit Cintron, training for a comeback bout at 154 pounds, has accepted a WBO challenge from Pennsylvania matchmaker Mike Melendez and his fighter George Sosa. The bout, which could be held in October 2017, would be for the vacant World Boxing Organization International Super Welterweight title.

 

Cintron, 39-6-3 with 30 knockouts, Reading, Pennsylvania, hopes he and promoter Marshall Kauffman can gain a WBO top 15 world ranking with the win and earn a Puerto Rican versus Puerto Rican WBO World Junior Middleweight title shot against Miguel Cotto. On Saturday night, Cotto won a unanimous 12 round decision over Yoshihiro Kamegai and the vacant World Boxing Organization World Junior Middleweight title. Cotto had been ranked number one by the WBO at 154 pounds. As everyone will move up one spot in next month’s ratings, the number 15 rating position is available at 154 pounds.

 

Sosa, 15-10 with 15 knockouts, is a New Jersey scrapper who went 10 rounds against Thomas LaManna in a battle for the vacant WBC Latino Welterweight title in Atlantic City on August 19, 2017. That performance certainly qualifies him for a 10 rounder with Cintron, if promoter Marshall Kauffman can put the bout together.

 

Robert Brizel: “Kermit, how do you feel?”

 

Kermit Cintron: “Right now, I’m just taking time to regroup., lifting heavy weights, building myself up naturally to a natural 154-pound fighter.”

 

Robert Brizel: “In your last bout, you had Tyrone Brunson down twice in the fourth round. But you didn’t finish him. Why?”

 

Kermit Cintron: “I was trying to finish him. He was saved by the bell (at the end of the fourth round).”

 

Robert Brizel: “In round five, what went wrong?”

 

Kermit Cintron: “I went for the kill. I had him. I left myself open, and I got caught.  That’s what happens when you are a stupid puncher in the ring.”

 

Robert Brizel: “Can you win a rematch with Brunson if you fight smarter the next time?”

 

Kermit Cintron: “Absolutely. I’ve asked for the rematch.”

 

Robert Brizel: “Will you get it?”

 

Kermit Cintron: “I doubt it.”

 

Robert Brizel: “Do you want to fight David Grayton again?”

 

Kermit Cintron: “No point to it. I had him frustrated from the first round on. I tried to set him up with the right hand, and he kept coming in with his head. He cut me over both of my eyes with head butts. My right eye (had a bad cut over it and) had to get 10 stitches. The ringside doctor stopped the fight due to Grayton’s ‘accidental’ butts (causing the bout to go to the scorecards, creating a Technical draw).”

 

Robert Brizel: “Pennsylvania matchmaker Mike Melendez and his 15-10 New Jersey fighter George Sosa are calling you out for a WBO International vacant super welterweight 10 round title bout this fall. Sosa just fought a 10 round WBC regional belt fight in Atlantic City with Thomas LaManna. Do you accept the challenge at 154 pounds?”

 

Kermit Cintron: Absolutely!”

 

Robert Brizel: So you are done fighting at 147 pounds?”

 

Kermit Cintron: “That’s correct, unless the money and the opportunity is there. I have no problems going back down in weight to 147 pounds.”

 

Robert Brizel: “Have you ever turned down a challenge? Mike Melendez and George Sosa are calling you out at 154 pounds for a WBO regional bout.”

 

Kermit Cintron: “We can make it happen. I’m confident my promoter, Marshall Kauffman, can put it together. I will be ready (to fight again) by October. I probably will watch videos of Sosa. I need to go back to what I was doing in the first four rounds of my bout with Tyrone Brunson, and listen to what my trainer, Joe Pastore, was telling me to do.”

 

Robert Brizel: What was your fight like with Paul Williams?”

 

Kermit Cintron: “I was beating the shit out of him. It wasn’t even a hard fight. I was winning every round, until the incident. I fell out of the ring! When I hurt him, we got too close, so he bent down. I put pressure on him with my forearm with a lot of weight. He fell down, and with the momentum of me weighing him down, I couldn’t keep my balance, and I fell out of the ring. I had a monitor on my back, and that was the only thing that was wrong with me. I think promoter Al Haymon had the ringside doctor in his hip pocket. I had a guaranteed rematch if I had won. I wanted to get back into the ring. Paul Williams is a good guy. (After his motorcycle accident) I wish him the best I ran into his ex-trainer George Peterson, who trained my opponent David Grayton.”

 

Robert Brizel: “Where do you think your next fight will be held, 2300 Arena or Santander Arena?”

 

Kermit Cintron: “Wherever Marshall decides my next fight will be held is fine with me. It doesn’t really matter where. Personally, I like the Sands Casino in Bethlehem. I’m still in the game to get one more world title shot. Not just to get it, but to win it. That’s my goal right now. I’m still boxing but I’m not getting the opportunities. I liked the Brunson fight because he was willing to fight me. I was undefeated in eight consecutive bouts, and not once did I get a ranked fighter. Jack Culcay was mentioned for this September in California, but the bout was never signed. Mentally, September is fine for me. October is fine if George Sosa wants to fight me.”

 

Robert Brizel: “What did your trainer Joe say you did wrong with Tyrone Brunson?”

 

Kermit Cintron: “I didn’t listen to my trainer in the corner. He said just keep doing what you are doing. Instead I went in for the kill, and opened myself to shots. We just have to stay behind the jab. Everything will work behind the jab, always.”

 

Robert Brizel: “Do you still hope to get a fight with Miguel Cotto or Amir Khan?”

 

Kermit Cintron: “Miguel Cotto versus Kermit Cintron is a fight which should have happened a long time ago. Why not make it happen now? He wants one more fight in December. Why not make Kermit Cintron versus Amir Khan? Cintron versus Cotto would make an excellent fight!”

 

Robert Brizel: “Miguel Cotto now has the 154-pound World Boxing Organization world title. Do you want it?”

 

Kermit Cintron: “Absolutely. Miguel Cotto is a big name. It’s a fight I always wanted! Cintron versus Cotto makes a lot of sense.  He’s a big name.”

 

Robert Brizel: Do you think the WBO will rank you in the world ratings and approve a bout between you and Miguel?”

 

Kermit Cintron: “Mayweather and McGregor fought with eight ounce gloves instead of the regulation ten ounce gloves. I’m sure the WBO can fly me for Cotto’s last fight! You’ve got two name Puerto Rican fighters.  I’m an old school, fighter. I’m here to win a world title. I will accept any challenge. A world title is where the (big) money comes in (to play).”

 

Robert Brizel: “Matchmaker Mike Melendez and your trainer Joe Pastore have a history of not getting along. Should that fact figure into the fight with George sosa?”

 

Kermit Cintron: Not necessarily. Mike Melendez has an ego. He likes to talk too much. He makes things bigger than they should be.”

 

Robert Brizel: The bottom line. George Sosa wants the fight with you. Wil it happen?”

 

Kermit Cintron: “We can make it happen. I have no problem with any kind of challenge. I’ve accepted every kind of challenge in my career.”

 

Robert Brizel:Floyd Mayweather Jr. just fought Conor McGregor at 154 pounds. Your thoughts?”

 

Kermit Cintron: “An interesting match. I watched it. Floyd did what he said he was gonna do. Walk him (McGregor) down.”

 

Robert Brizel: “Do you think Floyd will retire now?”

 

Kermit Cintron: “Absolutely. Floyd has done more than enough in his career (however) ………I’m not at the end of my career. According to my eleven-year-old daughter, I’ve still got plenty left in the tank!”

 

 

 

 

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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.