Jose Soto learned to be careful what he wishes for on the Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs Dmitry Bivol undercard on Saturday night.
Soto was taking on Mexican fighter Joselito Velazquez before the pay-per-view got underway in Las Vegas.
After a back-and-forth contest where both men were landing heavy shots, Velasquez started to get the upper hand in the sixth and his hooks began to tell.
Velasquez staggered Soto with a quality check-right hook, but the Peruvian competitor answered that shot the way so many fighters tend to by suggesting he wasn’t hurt and asking for more.
Almost instantly, Velasquez unleashed yet another hook that put Soto on the canvas. Check the footage below:
Although Soto answered the referee’s count, he was clearly out on his feet and the official made the right decision to stop the fight.
Velasquez is now 15-0-1 with a single draw the only slight blemish on his record, but he has 10 knockouts to his name, too.
The flyweight has been training under the guidance of Eddy Reynoso in Canelo’s camp and the 28 year old says it has made a huge difference to his development.
“Training with Eddie and alongside ‘Canelo’ has been a real blessing. I’ve learned a lot and I’m inspired,” he said. “It makes a huge difference and it makes me a better fighter overall.
“I’ve adapted well to their training and discipline. I’ve also incorporated some of their more defensive style into my own and it’s just made me a more complete fighter.”
Velasquez is expected to compete for a world title in the near future.