2005-06-11 Miguel Cotto w rsc 9 Muhammad Abdullaev, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBO
2005-06-11 Miguel Cotto w rsc 9 Muhammad Abdullaev, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBO. Referee: John Callas. Because Abdullaev (138¾) had eliminated Cotto (138¾) from the 2000 Olympics there were a good few people thinking that the man from Uzbekistan might just be capable of winning the title. There was no doubting that it was a good match between two good fighters, and although Cotto won virtually every round there was never that much between them until Abdullaev’s right eye started to swell up in the eighth due to left hooks being concentrated on that area. Unable to see from that eye Abdullaev should have been retired during the interval, but after gesticulating that he did not wish to carry on and being inspected by the doctor the referee stopped the fight after 57 seconds of the ninth.