Miguel Cotto Fight
December 4, 2011 by staff
Miguel Cotto Fight, Since their first meeting in the boxing ring, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito have spent three years jawing and posturing, but not punching.
The duo has instead nurtured the most bitter feud in boxing, sparring from afar with invectives and accusations over whether Margarito used plaster-enforced hand wraps in his 2008 knockout of Cotto.
Early Sunday morning, Madison Square Garden was the destination for the rematch between the two, and revenge came for Cotto in the form of a technical knockout. Margarito’s right eye – as much a storyline heading into the bout as Cotto’s allegations of “criminal” behavior – swelled shut and Anthony Curreri, the physician in Margarito’s corner ordered referee Steve Smoger to end the fight as the 10th round was to begin. The protests and pleadings of Margarito and his cut man would not sway the decision.
Cotto retained his World Boxing Association junior middleweight title belt, but the history between the fighters rendered the title secondary in the eyes of many. The victory for both men came in punishing – and hurting – the other, such was the animosity between them.
Instead of the brutality, though, the 21,239 people at the soldout Garden saw brilliance from Cotto (37-2). He answered many of the questions that lingered from his first match with Margarito (38-8) — his first professional loss – and after the match said vindication came from looking in the mirror.
“Everyone can see how my face looks and how I got out of the ring tonight rather than in 2008,” Cotto said. He said the evidence that Margarito used illegal handwraps in 2008 could be perceived from the fact “my face looks a lot different.”
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