Miguel Cotto vs. Demetrio Ceballos
2003-09-13 : Miguel Cotto 140 lbs beat Demetrio Ceballos 140 lbs by TKO at 2:28 in round 7 of 12
- Location: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Vic Drakulich
- Judge: Patricia Morse Jarman
- Judge: Jerry Roth
- Judge: Doug Tucker
- Promoter: Top Rank
- Aired On: HBO Pay-Per-View
- WBC International Light Welterweight Title (2nd defense by Cotto)
- Miguel Cotto 16-0 (13 KOs) vs. Demetrio Ceballos 26-4 (18 KOs)
- Fight was on the undercard of Oscar De La Hoya vs. Shane Mosley (2nd meeting).
- It was the final fight of Ceballos's professional career, and his fourth knockout loss.
- Through six rounds, HBO's Harold Lederman had the bout 60-54 in favor of Cotto.
Cotto worked behind a jab in the opening round and landed well with left-handed power punches occasionally snapping back the head of Ceballos, who came forwarded pumping out a jab and looking to press his opponent. Ceballos continued to pursue Cotto in Round 2, but struggled to land. Cotto threw and landed less in Round 2 than the prior, and instead moved around the ring more and picked his spots to throw combinations. Cotto continued to control the action in Round 3, mixing in the right hand with the left hook to the body. Ceballos, as he was through much of the fight, was the aggressor in Round 4 and came forward behind a jab, but he continued to be outlanded as Cotto moved and looked for openings. Cotto cruised in Round 5 with combination punching as Ceballos's output dropped. Cotto moved less in Round 6 and fought much of it in a southpaw stance with great success. He worked Ceballos over with combinations and landed some thudding shots to the body. In Round 6, a cut opened above Ceballos's right eye and he had some swelling under his left eye. In between rounds, Ceballos's corner warned him that they would stop the fight if her didn't "start fighting." Cotto landed almost at will (39 of 63 punches) in Round 7 with Ceballos struggling to block or avoid the attack. He peppered Ceballos with jabs, left hooks, and an occasional right hand. At 2:25 of the round, with their fighter having taken an accumulation of punishment with little in return, the corner of Ceballos came up on the ring apron an called for the bout to be ended.
- "I'm pretty sold. He's got offense. He's got defense. He's as calm as any young fighter I've ever seen." - Jim Lampley on Cotto.
- "Very good looking young fighter, but once again let's wait til he sees a live young fighter opposite him." Larry Merchant.
- "It was the right thing to do. The guy was starting to catch from a powerful puncher. That's all you want is a victory on the night. You don't need the man seriously injured." - George Foreman on the stoppage.