(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Dan Ambrose: Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO’s) expected to be able to beat the 39-year-old Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KO’s) to take his WBC 160-pound title last night, as he firmly believed that the game plan that his head trainer Freddie Roach had laid out for him would be more than good enough to lead him to victory over the aging and less than 100% Martinez.
Cotto didn’t realize how easy it was going to be, as he didn’t foresee himself putting Martinez down on the canvas three times in the 1st round and four times in the fight. Cotto thought it would still be a tough fight where he would have to work hard for the victory. What he found instead was that Martinez didn’t have the leg strength under him in order to get the victory, and make a good fight of it. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By John Kelvin: Former WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KO’s) only started boxing when he was 20 years old and had to fight 45 times before he got the chance to box for a world title. He won the title by beating the real lineal champion at 160bs when he defeated Kelly Pavlik in 2010 and defended it 6 times.
During his reign he took on all comers despite being ridiculously stripped of the WBC belt so that Julio Cesar Chavez Junior could be gifted a world title. Martinez could have had even more defenses and big fights if his body didn’t start to break down in the last 2 years mostly due a knee problem which required 3 surgeries. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum would like to match newly crowned WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO’s) up with former WBA/WBC 154-pound champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and WBA 160-lb champion Gennady Golovkin in the future. Arum isn’t sure whether a fight between Cotto and Canelo can happen next, but he sees the fight as a distinct possibility in 2015 if both guys keep winning.
Canelo has a risky fight against Erislandy Lara on July 12th, and he would probably need to win that one in order to make a Cotto-Canelo fight a viable option. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rocky Esposito: Miguel Cotto (39-4 / 32 KOs) defied the Las Vegas odd-makers, many skeptics, and Boxing history alike last night by putting on a dominating, one-sided performance vs Sergio Martinez (51-3 / 28KOs). Cotto is now the new “WBC and Ring Magazine Middleweight Champion of the World”, all via a 10th Round TKO. Cotto also is now the first Puerto Rican in Boxing history to win a World Title in four different weight divisions.
Miguel started the fight off on fire, scoring three knock-downs in the 1st Round alone. Sergio (to his credit), was able to survive the 1st Round onslaught and make it out of the round. However, Sergio was never able to fully recover throughout the course of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KO’s) took an embarrassing beating tonight in getting annihilated in 10 rounds by the younger, stronger and much healthier Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO’s) in a fight that suggests that it might be time for the 39-year-old Martinez to step away from the sport and retire. Martinez’s trainer Pablo Sarmiento said at the post fight press conference “No decision has been made if Martinez should retire.”
Both of Martinez’s surgically repaired knees looked weak and wobbly even before the action started. The fact that Martinez’s knees still weren’t strong looking after more than a year of physical rehab on them, then it’s probably a good indication that he might need to retire. It’s hard to imagine Martinez getting trounced the way he did tonight if both of his knees were healthy like they were in his fight against Matthew Macklin in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: It’s human nature. We make our predictions based on what advantages a fighter has and pick a winner. Moments after Miguel Cotto’s history making victory over Sergio Martinez, comments filled up the blogs quicker than water in a sinking boat. The focus? Sergio’s injuries and weak knees. Days before the fight, Sergio mentioned that Cotto was only fighting him because of his injuries. In my opinion, he was building an excuse for himself right there.
Boxing is more psychological than physical strength. When both fighters are equal across the board, it then becomes who executes their game plan. But I have a few questions for those who are trying to discredit Cotto’s victory. First question; Did anyone force Sergio to take this fight? The answer is a resounding no. Was Sergio aware of his injuries prior this fight? Yes. Did Martinez agree to all the terms of the fight and then sign the dotted line? Most definitely. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach got a chance to gloat after his fighter Miguel Cotto’s 10th round TKO win tonight over WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KO’s) in an upset win at MSG New York. Either Cotto was too strong or Martinez’s surgically repaired knees were too weak. It doesn’t matter. The end result was a one-sided slaughter with Cotto putting Martinez down on the canvas like he was a yo-yo in dropping him 4 times.
Roach said after the fight “He [Martinez] was on the bike the entire night. I’m so satisfied in this win I don’t even want to think about what’s next. He [Cotto] responded well [to being hit by Martinez]. He was never hurt. This is the fight I wanted. He’s maybe one of the best students I’ve ever had.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO’s) totally dominated a weak-kneed WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KO’s) in stopping him in the 10th round by a TKO on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. The fight was halted 6 seconds into the 10th round due to Martinez being cut over his right eye, and him being too beat up to continue.
Cotto knocked Martinez down 4 times in the fight with 3 knockdowns occurring in the 1st round and the final knockdown in the 9th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: #4 WBA, #4 WBC, #5 WBO Marvin Sonsona (19-1-1, 15 KO’s) defeated former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (23-4-1, 19 KO’s) by a 10 round split decision on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. The final judges’ scores were 96-92, 96-92 for Sonsona, and 96-92 for Vazquez Jr. Sonsona knocked Vazquez Jr. down with a left to the body in the 1st round.
Vazquez Jr barely beat the count in getting up at the count of 9. Sonsona held frequently throughout the fight despite being warmed by the referee repeatedly. In the 6th round, Sonsona lost a point for hitting Vazquez Jr. when he had his back turned. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Gomez: The time has arrived! Tonight at the Madison Square Garden, Miguel Cotto will try to make history by becoming the first Boricua to win titles in four different weight classes. Standing in his way is Middleweight Champion, Sergio Martinez. This fight has the potential of becoming a Fight of the Year candidate. Let’s look at the keys to victory for both fighters:
Miguel Cotto is entering his second fight under Freddie Roach. Many in the Boxing community feel that Cotto took this fight because he feels he can capitalized on Martinez knee problems. Is this fight a little bit to late or is it happening just in time? As a fan, I give Cotto a lot of credit for trying to make history by fighting one of the best middleweights in Sergio Martinez. This is clearly a much difficult path than other boxers have used to make history. A case in point is Manny Pacquiao. When he won his “8th Division title,” he fought at a catch weight of 150lb vs Margarito, a belt that was practically given to Manny. Read the rest of this entry »