Miguel Cotto vs Ricardo Mayorga – Highlights (RELENTLESS)


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March 12th, 2011. Billed as “Relentless”, Miguel Cotto makes the 1st defense of his WBA Super World Light Middleweight Title against Ricardo Mayorga aka “El Matador”.

Prefight records; Cotto 35(28)-2, Mayorga 29(23)-7-1.

In Jun 2010, Cotto scored a TKO win over Yuri Foreman to win the WBA Super World Light Middleweight Championship. Ricardo Mayorga is set to be his first title defense.

In December 2010, Mayorga scored a TKO9 win over journeyman Michael Walker – his first fight after a 27 month layoff since his KO12 defeat to Shane Mosley back in September 2008.

Going into the fight, Cotto was world champion in 3 weight divisions; Light Welterweight, Welterweight & Light Middleweight while Mayorga won world titles in 2 weight classes – Welterweight & Light Middleweight.

Cotto held numerous wins over meaningful oppositions in Paulie Malignaggi, Ricardo Torres, Oktay Urkal, DeMarcus Corley, Lovemore N’dou, Carlos Maussa, Carlos Quintana, Randall Bailey, Zab Judah, Shane Mosley, Yuri Foreman & Joshua Clottey. On the other hand, Mayorga held notable wins over Andrew Lewis, Michele Piccirillo, Fernando Vargas, Vernon Forrest (2x).

Despite going into the fight a 10-1 betting underdog, Mayorga was able to trouble Cotto with his unorthodox style and landed a number of good right hands while taunting constantly to reel him into a slugfest. But for the most part, Cotto stayed composed and able to outland Mayorga with his better overall boxing skills.

In the final round, Cotto scored a knockdown with a big left hook and as Mayorga goes down he hurt his left hand. He was able to beat the count thought his left hand clearly troubled, thus not long after the fight resumed he signaled to referee Robert Byrd that he could not continue.

While the fight was overall one sided in favor of Cotto who was leading by a significant margin at the time of the stoppage, Mayorga was game all the way; troubling Cotto time after time with right hands. Many believed it would be a blowout for Cotto and will not go past the 6th frame.

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