"And the new WBC Middleweight champion of the world, Miguel Cotto!" Those words had the sold out crowd cheering and on their feet at the Madison Square Garden last night. Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) became the first Puerto Rican boxer to win a world title in four divisions as he dominated and demolished former champion Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) for nine rounds in a one sided performance.
Cotto had a dominant round one knocking Martinez down three times. Martinez survived the round but never fully recovered. Martinez had some success in round four as he landed a couple of hooks on Cotto towards the end of the round but it still wasn't enough to win the round. Cotto continued to pressure and batter Martinez throughout the fight and got another knockdown in round nine as Martinez's gloves touched the canvas. Martinez was complaining about his knees and did not come back out for the tenth round as his trainer stopped the fight.
All three judges had it scored 90-77 for Cotto after nine rounds.
At the post fight conference, Bob Arum didn't rule out any possibilities for Cotto. He said that Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Timothy Bradley all were options for future opponents. Maybe Floyd Mayweather will be interested in a rematch now that Cotto is the Middleweight champ. That would give Mayweather an opportunity to become a champion in another division as well. With the second dominate performance in a row that Miguel Cotto has displayed, I'm sure that he will have many opportunities and doors to open for him. Now that he is back training with Freddie Roach, he is looking like the "old" Cotto...the devastating body puncher pressure fighter. I would like to see him and Canelo next. The Puerto Rican vs. Mexican rivalry would be a big seller.
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