Do you remember the Miguel Cotto vs Kelson Pinto fight?
By Gerardo Granados: On September 11th of 2004, at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico; two undefeated contenders battled for the vacant WBO light welterweight championship. On one corner Miguel Cotto W20(16)-L0-D0 Height 5¨7” Reach 67”, on the other corner Kelson Pinto W21(19)-L0-D0 Height 5´10 ½ “. I think on that night Pinto looked way bigger than Cotto but you can also tell that Miguel had talent, his boxing stance and the way he walked in the ring.
You just need to add the shaved head and the tattoos. It was a good fight while it lasted and the fight was dominated by Cotto who knocked down Pinto three times before Kelson´s corner saved him from more punishment.
This was the first championship victory for Cotto who defended six times before moving up to welter defeating Carlos Quintana to win the vacant WBA welterweight to successfully defend it four times until a loss to Antonio Margarito (*). After his defeat Cotto won the vacant WBO welter strap and lost it to Manny Pacquiao back in 2009. Then he moved up to light middle defeating a brave and courageous Yuri Foreman who after severely hurt his knee wouldn’t give up his WBA light middleweight championship belt. In his last fight Cotto demolished Sergio Martinez to win his fourth divisional championship.
Ten years have passed since the day Cotto became world champion for the first time, maybe he is on the final years of his successful boxing career and perhaps he could just retire when he feels it’s the right time but for sure at thirty three years of age he has enough left in the tank to give fight fans more epic battles.
I hadn’t seen that fight. But, do the readers remember have seen the Miguel Cotto vs Kelson Pinto fight?