Cotto Gets His Revenge; Stops Margarito After Nine Rounds...WOODS
|Written by Michael Woods|
|Sunday, 04 December 2011 00:46|
Cotto (age 31; from PR; 36-2 with 29 KOs entering) was 152 1/4, while Margarito (age 33; 38-7-0-1 with 27 KOs; from Mexico) was 152 1/2 in this battle for Cotto's WBA crown.
The weight limit was 153 pounds or less, for the record.
Margarito featured corn-rows, for the record. He is 0-0 with corn-rows.
In the first, Cotto threw a left hook right away. Cotto moved, but smartly, not excessively. He put his punches together and was calm and effective. Cotto round.
In the second, Cotto went low and was warned. Margarito grinned his evil Grinch grin after a Cotto right landed. Cotto round.
In the third, the right eye looked swollen. Then it started bleeding. Cotto took another round, landing the cleaner shots.
In the fourth, it was a tight round. Margarito was a more effective aggressor.
In the fifth, it started to look like the first fight. Would Cotto tire himself out moving too much? I had it 3-1-1.
In the sixth, Cotto had a nice rhthym. He took another round. But what would happen in the late innings?
In the seventh, Cotto was in a nice mode. Marg chased but couldn't catch. That eye was closed.
In the eighth, Cotto fought another contained round. He stayed smart and on message.
In the ninth, Margarito knew he had little time left, that the docs might pull the plug. But Cotto was maintaining his edge.