INDIO, CA – Former World Boxing Organization light flyweight champion Angel Acosta stopped fellow Puerto Rican Janel Rivera one minute and 19 seconds into the first round on Thursday night in the scheduled main event of 10 super flyweight rounds at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio.
“I’m one of the best, I’m waiting for my opportunity for the next world title,” Acosta said after stoppage by referee Raul Caiz Jr. improved his record to 23-3-1 with 22 knockouts.
The loss was the sixth in a row for Rivera (18-9-3, 11 KOs).
Rivera weighed in at 114 pounds on Wednesday, one pound under the super flyweight limit. Acosta, 31, weighed 112.8.
Acosta was fighting for the first time since being stopped in the fourth round by undefeated WBO flyweight champion Junto Nakatani on September 10.
Acosta won the vacant WBO 108-pound title on December 2, 2017 by knocking out Juan Alejo Zuniga in the 10th round at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Sadam Ali WBO junior middleweight title fight.
Acosta made three successful title defenses, all by knockout, and then lost the title on June 21, 2019, when he was knocked out in the 12th round by Elwin Soto at Fantasy Springs Casino. It was Acosta’s fourth fight since losing the title.
The six-fight card also included a six-round unanimous decision by Eric Tudor of Hollywood, Fla. over Donte Stubbs of Riverside in a super welterweight bout.
Tudor improved to 3-0 with two knockouts.
Stubbs’ record fell to 6-5, 2 KOs.