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Soto Predicts a War -- and a Win -- Against Dominguez

Soto Predicts a War -- and a Win -- Against Dominguez


Simply put, it's on.

Humberto "Zorrita" Soto will defend his WBC lightweight championship this Saturday against Ricardo "Pelon" Dominguez in the Estadio Centenario of Los Mochis for the main event of a special edition of Top Rank Live! dubbed "Puro Sinaloa, ¿Quién es el más Macho?" The bout will be telecast in the United States by Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports en Espanol; the first bell is at 6:00 p.m., with television going live at 8:00 p.m. (local time).

Both three-time world champion Soto (51-7-2, 32 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico, and Dominguez (31-5-2, 19 KOs), of Culiacan, Mexico, are confident they will win. "This is my home, and no one coming here to beat me," said Soto, the former WBC interim featherweight and WBC super featherweight champion. "I know that Dominguez has earned this opportunity the hard way. He's young [and] has a lot of talent, but I am the champion and I will remain the champion. It will be a war because of our styles, and no one is going home disappointed."

As one of four current world champions from the city of Los Mochis (the others are WBO super Flyweight champion Jorge Arce, WBC and WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel, and WBA super flyweight champion Hugo Cazarez), Soto has a lot riding on this bout. "I know Dominguez has a lot of courage," he added, "but this is about me and winning the fight in front of my fans. I have worked very hard for this fight and will be ready to win the fight."

Soto expects to celebrate for the second time this week on Saturday. On Tuesday, his family gave him a suprise birthday party in the gym with music and cake. "I was not able to fully celebrate my birthday on Tuesday, but once the fight ends and I win, there will be a big celebration," said Soto, who turned 30 years old.  

Dominguez, the winner of the TV Azteca reality show, "Campeon Azteca" at 135 pounds will be fighting for a world championship for the first time.  "I have prepared the best that I have at any time in my career. I was in Guadalajara for eight weeks. Soto is a strong guy and will be in front of his fans, but we'll also have fans there coming from Culiacan. I am very confident that I will be able to take this belt home, because I am here to fight and to win," said Dominguez, 24.  

The television co-feature will be a 10-round super featherweight bout featuring Daniel "Canerito" Ruiz (18-2, 12 KO's), of Los Mochis, taking on Jocksan "Torito" Hernandez (19-2, 12 KO's), of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Ruiz is looking to avenge the loss suffered by his fellow Los Mochis citizen, Miguel Beltran, to Hernandez on April 24 in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico.  

The undercard will also include Dallas' undefeated prospect Roberto Marroquin (13-0, 10 KOs) versus Arturo "Tyson" Camargo (22-14-2, 19 KO's), of Guasave, Sinola, in a six-round super bantamweight bout. Local teenage sensation Adrian "Chinito" Yung (6-0, 6 KOs) will be in action in a four-round bout. And former world WBC super featherweight champion Humberto "Betillo" Gutierrez (26-2-1, 19 KO's), also of Los Mochis, is fighting in a 10-round contest.

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