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title Is Cotto Overrated?

cotto6425746.jpgBy Thomas Hanson: WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (32-1, 26 KOs) fell completely apart in the second half of Saturday’s bout with Antonio Margarito (37-5, 27 KOs) ending up getting stopped in the 11th round after taking a knee on two separate occasions in the round. It wasn’t the best way for a fighter as proud as Cotto to be taken out, especially since he went down the second time without even getting hit by Margarito. In fact, it seemed that Cotto went down more out of fear of what Margarito might do to him rather than what he did do.

What hurt perhaps even worse than that, however, is that Cotto was thought to be the best fighter in all of boxing going into the fight with Margarito, and was picked by most fans and experts to easily defeat Margarito. Being one of the few that actually saw Cotto for all his weaknesses, it’s hard not to gloat now. if the fans and boxing writers had done even a little bit of research into Cotto’s past fights, they would have seen that he barely beat a faded Shane Mosley, who appeared to have fought Cotto to a virtual standstill in the bout. All one has to do is take a quick view of the fight and fast forward to the last three rounds of the fight when a very tired and worried looking Cotto ran for his life to preserve his victory over Mosley. Read the rest of this entry »

title Cotto vs. Margarito: There Needs To Be a Rematch

margo6834.jpgBy Aaron Klein: After watching last night’s 11th round TKO win for Antonio Margarito (37-5, 27 KOs) over WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (32-1, 26 KOs) at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada, I’m thinking that an immediate rematch is needed to allow for Cotto to avenge his defeat. While I concede that Margarito did a good job of breaking down Cotto slowly over the course of the fight to eventually stop him, I doubt think the best man won on Saturday night. I mean, Cotto seemed to give away the fight more than it being a case of him being beaten by Margarito, who was being outclassed for most of the fight until the 10th round when he hurt Cotto in the last 10 seconds of the round with a series of hooks to the head.

Instead of clinching Margarito often, like most good fighters like Wladimir Klitschko and Bernard Hopkins do to slow down aggressive fighters, Cotto instead elected to run and trade punches with Margarito. The running was less dangerous for him, to be sure, but it had the effect of wearing Cotto down much earlier than he would have been if he had just elected to clinch like most fighters would if put in a similar circumstance. The thing of it is, I knew Cotto wouldn’t clinch, and I bet Margarito knew it as well from having viewed most of Cotto’s fights, because he seems to really dislike being clinched, treating fighters that do that with bitter disdain. Read the rest of this entry »

title Margarito KOs Cotto: Antonio’s Relentless Pace Too Much For Miguel

cotto7774.jpgBy Manuel Perez: Sometimes speed and boxing skill are meaningless in a fight. This was never more apparent than tonight when Antonio Margarito (37-5, 27 KOs) using a relentless offensive attack took apart previously undefeated Miguel Cotto (32-1, 26 KOs) in a methodical beating, ultimately ending when the bloody and battered Cotto was dropped twice in the 11th round from big shots from Margarito. For all the boxing fans and so-called experts that picked Cotto to win, they seemed to overlook a lot of the advantages that Margarito had going into the fight, starting with his enormous work rate and excellent chin.

Indeed, it seemed painfully obvious to me going to the fight that if Cotto couldn’t hurt the steel-chinned Margarito, then he would be in for a tough time in the second half of the fight when Cotto often times tires out. Margarito made his fatigue that much quicker by constantly battering him with 100 punches per rounds, never for once letting up on Cotto for an instant in any of the rounds. Read the rest of this entry »

title Soto-Karass Stops Estrada

karass.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: Welterweight prospect Jesus Soto-Karass (21-3-3, 15 KOs) scored a sudden knockout in the 8th over David Estrada (22-5, 13 KOs) on Friday night to win the vacant NABF welterweight title at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Soto-Karass, 25, connected with a big left hook in the 8th round just as Estrada was attempting to land a left of his own, stunning him badly. Karass quickly followed up with a quick flurry of shots, sending Estrada down to the canvas. He immediately sprang to his feet, but was badly hurt and the fight was stopped by referee Tony Weeks at 1:03 of the 8th round.

Estrada, 29, perhaps took this fight a little too soon after his 11th round TKO loss to Andre Berto two fights ago in September 2007, and he probably should have reconsidered taking on a fighter as young and as tough as the 25 year-old Soto-Karass. Immediately it was clear in the first round that Estrada would be having problems against Soto-Karass as he took big looping hooks from his constantly in the round. Near the end of the round, Estrada was staggered by a big right hand from Soto-Karass and then took a big number of shots as the round came to a halt. Read the rest of this entry »

title Margarito Destroys Cotto!!!

By Jason Kim: Using an early body attack, Antonio Margarito (37-5, 27 KOs) took the wind out of WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto’s (32-1, 26 KOs) sails, stopping him in the 11th round of a scheduled 12-round bout tonight at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cotto, 27, led most of the way taking most of the early rounds of the fight with his faster hands and blistering counter punching. However, as if on key, Cotto tired out in the second half of the fight and began to take serious punishment at the hands of Margarito, who for his part just never stopped punching. Read the rest of this entry »

title Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito: Look For An Easy KO Win For Margarito

margarito462446.jpgBy Manuel Perez: With the start of the Miguel Cotto (32-0, 26 KOs) vs. Antonio Margarito (36-5, 26 KOs) WBA welterweight title bout only a short while from now, I just wanted to get my last prediction in before it starts. Tonight will be Antonio Margarito’s coming out party for which he’ll finally get the notoriety that has eluded him this far in his boxing career. Margarito will take his high octane offense right at the teeth of Cotto’s defense, making him either stand and trade or go down under the constant fire from Margarito’s fists. If this were any other fighter but Margarito, I would say that this would be another easy night for the Puerto Rican Cotto, but it’s not.

Margarito is all wrong for him in style, a fighter that Cotto was destined to lose to when the fight was signed months ago. Cotto would never be able to beat a fighter like Margarito perhaps even if they fought a 100 times, because of Cotto’s lack of size, his lower punch output and his inability to hurt a fighter with a chin as powerful as Margarito. Read the rest of this entry »

title Jeff Lacy Retiring From Boxing?

lacy567468.jpgBy Eric Thomas: According to the latest boxing news, former IBF super middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (24-1, 17 KOs) is retiring from boxing. In an article from the Tampa Tribune, Lacy, 31, said that he’ll be getting out of boxing and retiring altogether from the sport. If this turns out to be the case, it would wipe Lacy’s upcoming bout with Jermain Taylor which is slated for November 15th. It’s unclear whether Lacy is serious about his retirement comments or is just upset over his recent narrow defeat of journeyman Epifanio Mendoza on Wednesday night.

In that fight, Lacy, after a initially a good start in the fight, was hurt badly on two occasions in the 2nd and 8th rounds, staggering badly and ended up taking Mendoza down to the canvas in the 8th with a rough tackle. It was for Lacy his third poor performance since losing to Joe Calzaghe in a one-sided 12-round unanimous decision loss in March 2006. At the time of the Calzaghe bout, Lacy was considered by many boxing fans and writers to be perhaps the best super middleweight in the world, with many of them feeling that Lacy would beat Calzaghe. However, as it turned out, Lacy was soundly beaten by Calzaghe, who swept every round and gave Lacy a tremendous beating during much of the way. Read the rest of this entry »

title Gary Lockett Still Undecided on Career

lockett3433231.jpgBy Nate Anderson: Middleweight contender Gary Lockett (30-2, 21 KOs) still hasn’t made up his mind as to whether or not he’ll continue his boxing career. However, he did tell Setanta Sports that he plans on making his decision public in September, which one would hope is a confirmation that he intends on continuing with is career. Lockett, only 31, doesn’t like the idea of going back to fighting lesser fighters and bouts that are against “non-title fights and British title fights,” according to Setanta Sports.

After working his way to the number #1 ranking and fighting WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik for the championship on June 7th, and losing by a 3rd round TKO, Lockett doesn’t like the idea of having to work his way back up slowly against lower echelon fighters for much less money. One might expect, Lockett received a huge payday in his fight against Pavlik, and naturally he probably doesn’t relish the idea of fighting for much less money against 3rd tier fighters once again. Who can blame Lockett, though? Read the rest of this entry »

title Cotto – Margarito: Can Miguel Win Without a Knockout?

cotto46275.jpgBy Thomas Hanson: WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (32-0, 26 KOs) faces his toughest opponent of his boxing career against Antonio Margarito (36-5, 26 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cotto, 27, has been portrayed by most fans and writers as the perfect fighter on earth, a young talent without any defects whatsoever and almost destined to stay unbeaten for his entire career. As most Cotto fans would tell it, he’s going to make easy work of Margarito, who stands no chance against Cotto. I’m not sure if what they say is correct, since Cotto hasn’t exactly impressed in fights against Zab Judah, Shane Mosley, Oktay Urkal, Paul Malignaggi, Mohamad Abdulaev and DeMarcus Corley.

Cotto did enough to get wins out of every bout, but he didn’t look like the phenom that most boxing fans are making him out to be. To me, he looked good, but not a fighter in the class of a young Sugar Ray Leonard or Tommy Hearns, both of whom I could see beating Cotto with little problems due to his lack of hand speed, movement and one-punch knockout power. This brings us to Cotto’s bout with Margarito on Saturday night. Cotto is going against an opponent in Margarito who has a chin clearly much better than him, and who has a work rate which is twice the level of his. This means that Cotto is going to have to find another way to win if his attempt at scoring a knockout doesn’t happen. Read the rest of this entry »

title Santa Cruz Destroys Munguia

cruz636841.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: #1 ranked WBC lightweight Jose Armando Santa Cruz (26-3, 15 KOs) made easy work of journeyman Miguel Angel Munguia (16-13-1, 13 KOs) in a 5th round TKO on Wednesday night at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, in Cabazon, California. Santa Cruz, 27, dominated every round except for the 1st, and put a hopelessly outclassed Munguia away with a leaping left hook to the midsection in the 5th round. Munguia rolled around on the canvas afterwards, in obvious pain from the shot to the midsection while referee Jack Reiss counted him out at 0:42 of the round.

Santa Cruz was coming off a controversial 12-round split decision to Joel Casamayor, who just happened to be in the audience on Wednesday night. The fight against Munguia was meant as a stay busy fight for Santa Cruz, a fight to stay sharp while he waits for a title shot. Going into the fight, Munguia had lost 12 out of his last 14 fights dating back to 2003. Perhaps knowing that he stood almost no chance of beating a fighter as good as Santa Cruz, Munguia came out on fire in the first round throwing a storm of punches at Santa Cruz. In all, Munguia threw an incredible 103 punches, yet landed only 19 mostly wide slapping to the head and body of Santa Cruz. Still, the punches had an effect on Santa Cruz, reddening his face and keeping him busy trying to block and unable to start his own offense up. Read the rest of this entry »

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