Miguel Cotto Wins Middleweight Title via TKO
(NEW YORK) -- In front of 21,090 fans at Madison Square Garden, Miguel Cotto was dominant as ever earning the WBC Middleweight title with a 10th round technical knockout of Sergio Martinez. With the win, Cotto becomes the first Puerto Rican boxer to win four titles at four different weigh classes.
"Happiest day of my life," said Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) after the fight.. "This is the biggest achievement of my professional career."
Cotto controlled the fight from the opening bell, knocking down Martinez three times in the first round. That eventually led to another knockdown in the ninth. Martinez was still sitting on his stool prior to the tenth round when trainer Pablo Sarmiento did not let him continue and referee Michael Griffin called a stop to the bout.
The 32-year-old has won title belts and junior welterweight, welterweight, junior middleweight, and now middleweight. At the time of the stoppage Cotto was also up on the scorecard, 90-77, winning every round. The win brough Cotto to 8-1 all-time in Madison Square Garden. His promoter, Top Rank's Bob Arum, has said the first title defense is being planned for December, also at MSG.
Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) was making his seventh title defense, and fighting for the first time in 14 months. The 39-year-old Venezuelan has had surgery on his right knee in each of his previous two bouts, also breaking his left hand in each of the two previous fights. Those injuries, and his age, have prompted many to speculate that Martinez may be closing out his career.
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