Elwin Soto Signing Shows Matchroom Boxing Continues to Invest in the Sport’s Lower-Weight Fighters
With fighters such as unified WBA/IBF World 122-pound champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev and unified WBC/WBA World 115-pound champ Juan Francisco Estrada, Matchroom Boxing has proven a great interest in the lower-weight fighters. That commitment continued when the promotional company announced they have agreed to terms on a promotional deal with current WBO World Junior Flyweight champion Elwin Soto (18-1, 12 KOs).
The 24-year-old from San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico made waves when he upset hard-hitting Angel Acosta to win the WBO 108-pound title in June 2019.
Acosta-Soto was one of the best fights of the year as the Mexican took the belt by dramatic, yet controversial, 12th round stoppage. He has since defended the title three times.
THE MOVE TO MATCHROOM
Soto is excited at the potential opportunities from this new signing. He views this move as taking the next step in his career.
“I want to thank Eddie Hearn from Matchroom and Zanfer for this great opportunity. I’m very excited to announce my next defense and then going on to unify the division.”
Eddie Hearn, CEO of Matchroom, said he is looking forward to working with Soto. The goal is to put him in the ring against fighters in and around his division. The man behind Matchroom also said they are in the process of setting up his debut fight with the company, with details coming soon. It will be interesting what they have in store for Soto. There are a lot of fights for him at 108 and 112 pounds.
Along with Soto, Matchroom also has current WBA 108-pound champ Hiroto Kyoguchi and WBC World 112-pound champion Julio Cesar Martinez in the fold. A Soto v Kyoguchi light flyweight unification bout down the road would be enticing and an excellent fight and on paper. If Soto eventually moves up to flyweight, a match against Martinez would be a natural, all-Mexican showdown.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.