La Zorrita, Humberto Soto’s Last Hurrah
Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
*Photo Credit: Boxer Rec
The crafty little fox from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, Humberto ‘La Zorrita’ Soto, has a record of 68-9-2 with 37 knockouts at age 38. The Sinaloa born champion has held world titles at featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight and welterweight.
On February 23, 2019, in Brandon Rios’ hometown of Tijuana, Mexico, Soto battles what could prove to be his last hurrah against former WBA World Lightweight champion 35-4-1 Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios, age 32, of Oxnard, California, in a crossroads welterweight 10 rounder promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, and televised by Azteca Mexico, the main event of a nine-bout card. Rios has youth, height and speed. Soto has superior experience, ring generalship and reach advantage. No title is at stake in this probable eliminator bout.
Soto, however, has won a world title at 147 pounds welterweight, a 12 round decision for the WBF World title over Jose Eduardo Lopez Rodriguez in 2012. Rios failed to defeat Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. at 147 pounds. Soto versus Rios is a tossup, with Rios favored to win by a close but unanimous 10 round decision. The bout should feature furious inside exchanges and nonstop fighting at close quarters. If Soto is behind on the scorecards going into the late rounds, Soto will undoubtedly go for broke and slug it out, hoping to get lucky. As this is a must win for Soto, he could get lucky, but not if Rios can help it.