Miguel Cotto vs Alfonso Gomez – Highlights (Cotto DOMINATES Gomez)


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April 12th, 2008. 11 years ago, undefeated 27 year old Miguel Angel Cotto takes on Alfonso Gomez in the 4th defense of his WBA World Welterweight Title. This was the first world title opportunity for Gomez, a former contestant of the NBC reality show “The Contender”.

Prefight records; Cotto 31(25)-0, 18(8)-3-2 Gomez.

In December 2006, Cotto lifted the WBA World Welterweight Championship via RTD5 over Carlos Quintana. He made 3 successful defenses between March to December 2007. For his 4th defense, Gomez was up next..

From the opening bell, Cotto dominated the gutsy albeit overwhelmed Gomez over 5 rounds where he hurt him with a left to the body towards the end of the first and went on to score 3 knockdowns; with lefts to the body in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, and a jab just past the half way mark of the 5th.

On the advice of the ringside physician, the fight was stopped before the 6th round and Cotto successfully retained his WBA World Welterweight Championship for the 4th consecutive time.

This was the first time that Alfonso Gomez was ever knocked down and out in 24 fights.

In Cotto’s next bout, he suffered his first loss as a pro and was relieved of his WBA title against “The Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito where he was stopped in the 11th after taking a brutal beating. It was Margarito’s best career win, but ever since the infamous hand wraps controversy exposed before his bout against Mosley, the legitimacy of his stoppage win over Cotto have become questionable in the eyes of many.

Cotto rebounded strongly from the loss and went on to have a great career and eventually avenged the loss in December 2011 where he brutalized Margarito en route to a dominant 9th round TKO. It was noted that Margarito was unable to do any significant damage despite landing similar punches as he did in their first meeting.

Cotto retired in 2017 with a final record of 41(33)-6.

He had won world titles at Light Welterweight, Welterweight, Light Middleweight & Middleweight and defeated notable oppositions in Yuri Foreman, Oktay Urkal, Ricardo Torres, Lovemore Ndou, DeMarcus Corley, Carlos Maussa, Randall Bailey, Daniel Geale, Carlos Quintana, Sergio Martinez, Paul Malignaggi, Zab Judah, Ricardo Mayorga & Shane Mosley during his 16 year career.

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