Last night, Miguel Cotto did what a lot of people didn’t think he could do, when he defeated Sergio Martinez, and took his middleweight title along with him.
After landing three knockdowns in the stunningly dominant opening round, a knockdown at the end of the ninth did the trick. Martinez did not get up from his stool to open the tenth. As a result, Cotto won via tko-retirement.
With the win, Cotto (39-4) became the first Puerto Rican in boxing history to win a title in four different weight classes. The night was his, and Madison Square Garden erupted when he pulled off the upset.
However, this was not a stunning surprise, in my book. Heck, I picked Cotto to win the fight! That’s not because I’m a Cotto fan, but because it was clear, in my eyes, that Sergio Martinez (51-3-2) is not the same guy he used to be. His knees are shot, he’s getting old, and he’s not the same fighter. At age 39, it’s clear that father time has caught up to him, and while I do enjoy watching him fight, I wouldn’t be surprised if he decided to hang it up soon.
Alas, Cotto was dominant. He connected on more than half of his shots, and was clearly the top fighter on this night. The full Compubox stats are listed below.
Congratulations, Miguel Cotto, on your emphatic and thrilling victory. You deserved it, and hopefully soon, a matchup against Canelo Alvarez will be in the wings.