Cotto won't dance in 4th title defense

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. --- Leave it to Bob Arum to take a dig at one of the welterweight champions.


Not Miguel Cotto, the pride of Arum's promotions stable and the WBA titleholder. And not IBF champ Kermit Cintron, who will fight the only man to beat him, Antonio Margarito, on the undercard tonight at Boardwalk Hall.

Arum threw a zinger at WBC champion Floyd Mayweather, probably the biggest name in boxing these days, when he said that Cotto "will never be on Dancing With The Stars .' "

One thing Cotto doesn't do is dance, as his opponent Alfonso Gomez likely will find out in the Puerto Rican star's fourth title defense.

Cotto is 31-0 with 25 knockouts, and he showed impressive versatility in his most recent win, a tight 12-round decision over clever veteran Shane Mos-ley in one of 2007's best bouts.

"I always come to fight, it is always the same," Cotto said. "It doesn't matter the opponent, I train hard, I work hard for the fight, and I give everything when I fight."

While Cotto brings in that perfect record and figures to have a huge following tonight, Gomez, of Mexico, is 18-3-2 with eight knockouts. He's unbeaten in his past seven fights, some as a super welterweight.

Cintron, also of Puerto Rico, is 29-1 with 27 knockouts. He has stopped five opponents since losing to Margarito two years ago, including taking the IBF title with a fifth-round knockout of Mark Suarez.

"I had a perfect training camp," the 28-year-old Cintron said. "I'll lay it all out on Satur-day night, as will Margarito. I'm ready and I'll do all my talking in the ring."

Margarito, like Gomez from Mexico, lost his WBO title in a 12-round decision against Aiken's Paul Williams last July 14, then knocked out Golden Johnson in the first round on the undercard of Cotto's victory over Mosley.

"I've been waiting for the time to fight and I thank Cintron for the opportunity," Margarito, 30, said. "I had an excellent training and I hope Kermit has done the same thing. We'll have a tough fight and I'm ready to go into the ring and win."

Margarito is 3-1 since stopping Cintron in the fifth round, 35-5 overall.



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