Should Angel Acosta Consider Retirement After Third Loss At Flyweight?

Angel Acosta Continues Downward Spiral With Cordova Loss

Angel Acosta suffers unanimous decision loss to Angelino Cordova
Angel Acosta suffers unanimous decision loss to Angelino Cordova | credit: Golden Boy/Cris Esqueda

Angel Acosta Finds His Career At A Crossroads With Loss to Cordova


For Angel “Tito” Acosta (23-4, 22 KOs), his career has hit a crossroads, and there needs to be a serious reevaluation of his career following a surprising unanimous decision loss to Angelino Cordova (18-0-1, 12 KOs).

Tito came into the bout with Cordova ranked sixth by the WBO at 112 pounds. Acosta had hoped a win could put him in a position to possibly face the winner of the April 8 contest between Jesse Rodriguez and Cristian Hernandez Gonzalez for the vacant WBO flyweight title. Those hopes are now in smoke.

At one time, Acosta had a reputation as one of the most feared and dangerous fighters in the lower-weight divisions. But his career took a downturn.

ON THE DECLINE

Acosta has not been the same since losing the WBO junior flyweight title by a controversial twelfth-round stoppage loss to Elwin Soto in June 2019. Following that defeat, Acosta made the jump to flyweight. But the move up in weight has not resulted in much success.

In August 2021, he was stopped in four by then-WBO flyweight champion Junto Nakatani. Now, there’s this setback against Cordova who is ranked tenth by the WBO at junior flyweight but is not thought of as a world-beater. This is Acosta’s third loss in his last six fights.

Tito is still one of the hardest punchers in all of boxing. But aspirations of getting back to the top have become more difficult. At age 32, the fighter from Puerto Rico is in a true dilemma. One would guess Acosta will look in the mirror and wonder if it’s worth continuing on with his career.

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