Humberto Soto calls out Garcia, Khan, Matthysse after surviving battle against Piston Lopez

Kevork Djansezian

Mexican veteran Humberto Soto survived to win a welterweight fight last night in Mexico, and now wants to move back down and take another run at Golden Boy's big names at 140 pounds.

Humberto Soto may not have dominated Jose "Piston" Lopez last night in Mexico, but the former super featherweight and lightweight titlist says he's got his eyes on the big names at 140 pounds again, and hopes to get a chance to prove himself once more at that weight.

Soto beat Lopez on scores of 115-112, 115-111, and 114-112 in a welterweight contest last night, improving to 59-8-2 (34), with Lopez falling to 17-3-1 (10). It was the first fight for Soto since he was overpowered by Lucas Matthysse on June 23, stopped after five rounds of a very entertaining battle in Los Angeles.

After his win, he mentioned a rematch with Matthysse, or a fight with Golden Boy's other two big names at 140:

"I would like to go for a bigger fight, maybe Danny Garcia, Amir Khan or a rematch (with Matthysse)," Soto states.

Soto, 32, says he had some issues outside of the ring that left him ill-prepared for his first fight with Matthysse, but many probably would pick the bigger, stronger Argentine to repeat his performance if they did hook it up one more time. Soto was rumored as a December opponent for Amir Khan, but that fight was turned down by the TV networks, and Khan is now facing lightweight prospect Carlos Molina instead.

As for Garcia, the two-body titlist will face Zab Judah on February 9 in Brooklyn.

More likely than not, Soto will fight again in Mexico and stay busy -- of all the things he does, staying active is one of the things he's best at -- and wait to see if he can't land a bigger fight in the late spring or early summer of 2013.

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