Miguel Cotto vs Antonio Margarito I – Highlights (Explosive Fight & KNOCKOUT)

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July 26th, 2008. Miguel Cotto takes on “The Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito, as Cotto looks to defend his WBA Welterweight Championship for the 5th time. Going into the fight, Cotto and Margarito had records of 32(26)-0 and 36(26)-5 respectively. At this time, Cotto was ranked the No. 1 Welterweight by The Ring magazine while Margarito was ranked No. 4 by the same publication.

In September 2004, Miguel Cotto fought for his 1st world title fight against Kelson Pinto for the vacant WBO Light Welterweight title. Cotto won the title by stopping Pinto in the 6th round. Cotto proceeded to make 6 successful title defenses against DeMarcus Corley, Randall Bailey, Muhammad Abdullaev, Ricardo Torres and Paulie Malignaggi.

In December 2006, Cotto moves up to Welterweight to challenge Carlos “El Indio” Quintana for the vacant WBA Welterweight strap. Cotto scored 2 knockdowns in the 5th round and before the 6th round, Quintana refused to continue despite his corner’s encouragement. Cotto becomes world champion in 2 weight divisions.

From March 2007 to April 2008, Cotto makes 4 successful defenses of his WBA crown against Oktay Urkal, Alfonso Gomez, Zab Judah and Shane Mosley. He is set to defend his title for the 5th time against The Tijuana Tornado.

In March 2002, Margarito won his 1st world title by knocking out Antonio Diaz to bag the vacant WBO Welterweight strap. After winning the title, Margarito made 3 successful defenses against Hercules Kyvelos, Danny Ramirez and Andrew Lewis before moving up to Light Middleweight to challenge Daniel Santos for the WBO Light Middleweight Championship. In 2001, both fighters fought for the 1st time with the bout ended an NC in the 1st round due to an accidental headbutt that resulted in a bad cut over Margarito’s right eye.

In a bizarre coincidence, their 2nd meeting ended due to an accidental headbutt that once again caused a bad cut over Margarito’s right eye prompting a halt to the bout. However, this time the outcome is a TD win for Santos as the cut happened in the 10th round thus the fight went to the scorecards, in which Santos was leading in 2 of the judges’ scorecards.

Margarito would move back down to Welterweight and continues to successfully defend his WBO title 4 more times notably against Kermit Cintron and Joshua Clottey. For his 8th title defense, he lost via UD to Paul “The Punisher” Williams in a competitive bout.

Margarito bounces back from the loss with a 1st round knockout over Golden Johnson to win the vacant WBO Inter Continental Welterweight Crown.

In April 2008, Margarito challenges Kermit Cintrón for the IBF Welterweight crown. Margarito knocks Cintrón out in the 6th round, beating him for the 2nd time. His next bout would be against Miguel Cotto.

This is considered to be Cotto’s toughest fight since taking on hard hitting Ricardo Torres back in 2005, where he suffered his 1st knockdown. This was an explosive fight from start to finish, with Margarito stopping Cotto in a hard fought battle to become the first man to defeat Cotto and relieve him of his WBA Welterweight crown.

In January 2009, Antonio Margarito takes on Shane Mosley as the 1st defense of his WBA Welterweight crown. Just before the fight, Nazeem Richardson and officials found a plaster like substance used as illegal pads inside Margarito’s hand wraps. Margarito’s hands were rewrapped before the fight.

Margarito suffered a tremendous beating at the hands of 37 year old Mosley who was also a 4-1 betting underdog en route to losing via TKO9. The bout was largely one sided in favor of Sugar Shane. The California State Athletic Commission proceeded to revoke the licenses of both Margarito and his trainer Javier Capetillo for a year. Margarito would fire Capetillo and have denied knowledge or involvement with Capetillo in regards to the hand wraps.

This incident have led many to doubt Margarito’s power and more importantly the legitimacy of some of his best victories which include his KO over Cotto. Some observers have noted that ever since the discovery of his illegal wraps, Margarito has never again display the same kind of power as he did Cotto and Margarito also never had another notable victory after the incident.

On the other hand, some believe that it is unjustified to assume that Margarito had cheated in his previous bouts just because he was caught in his bout against Mosley.

While the legitimacy of his victory over Cotto remains debatable but it is nonetheless a highly exciting bout! Let me know what you think of this fight as well as the hand wraps incident.

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