Sergio Martinez vs. Miguel Cotto

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Sergio Martinez 159 lbs lost to Miguel Cotto 155 lbs by RTD at 0:06 in round 10 of 12

Notes

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  • Sergio Martinez 51-2-2 (28 KOs) vs. Miguel Cotto 38-4 (31 KOs)
  • Martinez entered as a 1.8-to-1 betting underdog. [1]
  • Martinez entered as the world middleweight champion according to The Ring Magazine. Cotto was ranked as the # 3 junior middleweight contender by the same publication. [2]
  • First bout for Cotto at middleweight. A catchweight of 159 pounds was set for this bout.
  • Cotto entered with a record of 1-2 in his previous three bouts, losing world title bouts to Austin Trout (25-0) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0). His win was a third round knockout over light middleweight contender Delvin Rodriguez (28-6-3).
  • Martinez won his previous seven bouts, but was floored in his three previous fights.
  • It was the ninth appearance for Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden, most for a middleweight since Emile Griffith, but only the second appearance for Martinez at MSG.
  • Cotto won WBC and Ring Magazine World Middleweight titles. He's now won world titles in four different weight divisions.

Highlights

  • Cotto controlled action from start with speed, power and accuracy, knocking down Martinez three times in first round for a 10-6 round.
  • Cotto anchored center ring and cut it off as Martinez tried to go round in circles. In one round they briefly switched this approach.
  • Cotto landed damaging power shots, forcing Martinez' hands up on the defensive all night, taking him out of his usual hands down style.
  • Cotto won every round except the third. In the ninth, Martinez' knee appeared to (but didn't) touch the canvas for a 10-8 Cotto round.
  • Cotto stated after the bout: "The most beautiful training camp in my career." Cotto also cut Martinez over the right eye.
  • Martinez said "I got hit. I was cold, and I never recovered from that. You gotta know when to win, and you gotta know when to lose."
  • Martinez trainer Pablo Sarmiento on stopping the bout: "For three, four rounds before, his (Martinez') knees were not responding."