At the age of 31, Miguel is an eight-year pro. A contender at 126 pounds, he was an amateur standout in South America before his debut.
In his last fight on August 5 in Los Angeles, he moved up in weight to challenge for the WBO junior lightweight world title, and lost by seventh-round TKO against defending champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
Miguel boxed well at times, but Lomachenko pressed forward and steadily wore him down. Lomachenko scored two knockdowns – one in the third round, one in the seventh – and the referee stopped the fight.
After the fight, Miguel said, “He dominated the fight. I connected with some good punches, but I couldn’t get the result I was looking for. I wanted to continue the fight, but my corner stopped the fight. He basically overwhelmed me with pressure.”
Manager Ricardo Maldonado Jr. said, “I’ve been working with Miguel for his entire career – we even helped support him when he was an amateur. He lives in a small town in Colombia called Arjona, about an hour from Cartagena, but he trains for his fights in Cartagena at Coliseo Bernardo Caraballo.”
Miguel said through an interpreter, “I’m a pressure fighter – I look for the fight all of the time.”
Regarding his nickname, he said “It’s my Zodiac sign.”