Miguel Cotto vs Sergio Martinez – Highlights (Cotto KNOCKS OUT Martinez)

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June 7th, 2014. Miguel Angel Cotto aka “Junito” takes on Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez in his 1st fight at Middleweight although this bout was contested at a 159 pound catchweight. Martinez’s WBC Middleweight and The Ring Magazine Middleweight Titles were on the line.

Prefight records; Cotto 38(31)-4 , Martinez 51(28)-2-2.

The defending champion was a slight 1.8-1 betting underdog due to the fact that he was 39 years of age and had showed decline in his mobility due to weakened knees as he was floored 3 times in his last 3 fights against Matthew Macklin, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr & Martin Murray although in all instances he had bounced back from the canvas to emerge victorious.

Additionally, Martinez was inactive for nearly a year entering the bout.

This was Cotto’s 9th outing at MSG while it was only the 2nd for Sergio who made his 1st appearance at The Garden back in March 2012, where he stopped Matthew Macklin to successfully retained his WBC Diamond and The Ring Magazine Middleweight Titles.

Going into the fight, Martinez had won world titles at 154 & 160 pounds where he garnered commendable wins over Alex Bunema, Serhiy Dzinziruk, Martin Murray, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Kelly Pavlik & Paul Williams. On the other hand, Cotto was world champion at at 140, 147 and 154 pounds with notable victories over Carlos Maussa, Carlos Quintana, Lovemore N’dou, DeMarcus Corley, Oktay Urkal, Paul Malignaggi, Randall Bailey, Ricardo Torres, Joshua Clottey, Zab Judah, Yuri Foreman, Ricardo Mayorga, Antonio Margarito & Shane Mosley.

From the start to finish, Cotto mostly overwhelmed Sergio to win nearly every round; scoring 3 knockdowns in 1st and showed greater speed, power and precision all the way as the weathered Argentinian warrior had no answers against the onslaught of the younger challenger. Martinez displayed apparent decline in his balance, coordination, speed and overall mobility.

However, the defending champion showed tremendous grit and managed to connect with clean shots of his own time after time but they were barely enough to do real damage. Throughout the bout, it was clear that his legs were shot after nearly 17 years as a pro as he was mostly unable to stay on his feet and many times went down or wobbled with just about every clean shot landed by the Puerto Rican challenger.

In the 9th, Martinez was ruled to have gone down for the 4th time when his knee appeared to hit the floor courtesy of a strong Cotto jab. But replays indicated his knee did not touch the canvas despite the ruling by referee Michael Griffin.

6 seconds into the 10th, Pablo Sarmiento (Sergio’s trainer) halted the fight as Martinez was clearly in no position to continue; his knees had been irresponsive for several rounds and he had absorbed ridiculous punishment to the body and head.

This was Maravilla 56th and final career bout, as he retired after this loss with a final record of 51(28)-3-2.

With this win, Cotto became World Champion in 4 weight divisions; Light Welterweight, Welterweight, Light Middleweight & Middleweight and retired after going 2(1)-2 between June 2015 and February 2017 with a final record of 41(33)-6.

Please enjoy this simple highlight of Cotto’s dominant win over Martinez (albeit a past prime version) en route to becoming one of boxing’s Quadruple World Champions and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE! Keep punching.

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