Cotto should have lost points for ramming Margarito with his head
By Dan Ambrose: I’m still really disgusted that WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto didn’t have points taken off for his use of his head against Antonio Margarito last Saturday night. All night long Cotto was ramming into poor Margarito like a little billy goat.
Cotto was ramming the Margarito in the face with the crown of his head in the perfect goat display, while referee Steve Smoger just stood and watched. Time after time, Margarito was getting rammed by Cotto and he took it bravely, smiling and looking at the referee to see whether he would do anything about it.
Margarito is not a complainer, so he didn’t do more than look at Smoger from time to time when Cotto was teeing off with his head. But I just wish Margarito would have at least evened the score with some of his own fouling to get Cotto to stop ramming him.
But Margarito was above fouling or throwing punches after the bell, something Cotto did at the end of the 7th when Cotto hit Margarito well after the bell with a hard right hand. Again, no points where taken off for the late punch.
I think Cotto should have had at least four points taken off for ramming Margarito in the fight, as well another point for the late hit. You can’t just go billy goat on a fighter and get away with. The referee has got to do his job otherwise you’ve got anarchy in the ring.
If the other guy isn’t going to foul in return, it sets up a one-sided situation in which the person doing the fouling has a big advantage. I think Margarito should have done thing to stop Cotto’s head butting once he saw that Smoger wasn’t going to do anything about it. I felt sorry for Margarito. He kept his mouth shut and never complained despite all the times he was rammed by Cotto in that fight.