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Miguel Cotto Beats Sergio Martinez For Middleweight Championship

Sun, June 8, 2014 5:20pm EDT by Add first Comment
Miguel Cotto Middleweight Championship
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Wow! In his first time ever fighting at middleweight, Miguel Cotto defeated Sergio Martinez in the 10th round at Madison Square Garden on June 7.

Miguel Cotto was in it to win it from the beginning! The 33-year-old Puerto Rican boxer scored three knockdowns — in the first round — to ultimately capture the WBC middleweight title on June 7 AND make history. 

Miguel Cotto Wins Middleweight Championship

Miguel came out strong and fast from the beginning of the fight — and was ultimately crowned the champion after dropping 39-year-old opponent Sergio Martinez in the ninth round. Martinez’ trainer, Pablo Sarmiento, would not let Sergio continue. That’s when Michael Griffin stopped the bout six seconds into the 10th round and Miguel was officially declared the winner! All three ringside judges didn’t score a single round for Martinez. Judges Guido Cavalleri, Max DeLuca and Tom Schreck all scored the history-making fight 90-77 at the time of the stoppage. 

The victory makes Cotto the first EVER  boxer from the Puerto Rico to win world titles in four different weight classes. He’s now a champion in middleweight, junior middleweight, welterweight and junior welterweight.

Miguel Cotto Celebrates Middleweight Championship

After the intense fight, Cotto opened up about how he plans to celebrate and what he’ll do next. “It’s the biggest and happiest day of my life,” Cotto told ESPN. “I’m going to rest and enjoy my family for a couple of weeks. I’m couple to talk about boxing again in a couple of weeks.”

Congratulations, Cotto! What do you think about Cotto’s historical victory? Did you watch the boxing match?

— Megan Ross

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