In an eagerly anticipated fight, Miguel Cotto wore down and beat up on Sergio Martinez for nine rounds before the fight was stopped before the 10th round began Saturday night at Madison Square Garden before 21,090 hardcore boxing fans.
Martinez lost his WBC title in his seventh defense of it against the younger and better conditioned fighter. Martinez has battled injuries over the last few years and he was clearly overmatched against Cotto.
Cotto (39-4, with 32 wins by KO) knocked down Martinez three times in the opening round and it was just a matter of time as Martinez never really got it together after that. Cotto outboxed Martinez (51-3-2, with 28 KO’s) and stalked him like an animal hunts their prey, hurting Martinez often and knocked him down for a fourth time in the ninth round before the fight was stopped.
Cotto made boxing history as the first Puerto Rican ever to win his fourth title in four different weight classes, eclipsing boxing legends like Wilfred Benitez, Felix Trinidad and Wilfredo Gomez.
“Happiest day of my life,” Cotto told ESPN’s Dan Rafael after the match. “This is the biggest achievement of my professional career.”
Cotto’s performance was impressive, but Martinez is 39 and has battled knee and hand injuries over the last few years so it’s difficult to truly evaluate the performance he had.
Gennady Golovkin is a possibility (if he gets past Daniel Geale on July 26th) and might be perfect for New York since both have huge followings in the Big Apple. And it would be in Cotto’s best interest since he is 8-1 at MSG, he does his best fighting there it seems. Golovkin will be testing himself by going up against a fighter with Cotto’s pedigree, Cotto has fought Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Martinez, and Zab Judah. Golovkin might be a good fighter, but he’s never been in the ring with the kind of fighters that Cotto has. The experience would go to Cotto, but Golovkin has some amazing power Cotto would need to respect. Golovkin has won his last 16 fights by TKO or KO.
Canelo Alvarez seems like a real possibility (assuming he gets past Erislandy Lara on July 12th) with the Puerto Rican-Mexican boxing rivalry and history between the two nationalities. Cotto and Alvarez would pit two very good fighters against each other in a good boxing match with both having the power to rattle the other and go for the bloodthirsty kill, the knockout.
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