Acosta (18-1, 18 KO) survived some early trouble to break down Buitrago (30-4-1, 17 KO) with volume and power en route to a final-round finish, leaving “Chocorroncito” 0-4-1 in world title fights. “Tito” is now 2-0 since a rough loss to Kosei Tanaka two Mays ago.
Here’s the finish; you can watch the whole fight on YouTube here.
Angel Acosta (@titoacosta41) makes a successful first defense of the WBO junior flyweight title with a twelfth round stoppage of Carlos Buitrago to improve to 18-1 (18 KOs) #boxing #TitoBuitrago pic.twitter.com/gtlAF5Np4z— Ryan Songalia (@ryansongalia) June 17, 2018
According to The Ring, Acosta’s next challenger will likely be WBO #1 Ryuji Hara, who moved up to 108 four fights ago after an unsuccessful bid at the IBF minimumweight belt. It would be fun to see the entertaining-but-vulnerable Acosta take on Hekkie Budler if the latter elects to unify more belts.
Puerto Rico may not have a genuine star at the moment, but this latest “Tito” is at least a proper scrapper.