Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs), made boxing history last night by becoming the first Puerto Rican to win four world titles, in four different weight divisions by defeating Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) of Argentina for the WBC Middleweight Title. The fight was televised live by HBO PPV from Madison Square Garden in New York.
Cotto dominated Martinez from the first bell, dropping Martinez three times in round one. The use of combinations to the head and body by Cotto took it's toll early for Martinez, never really recovering the rest of the fight.
Martinez never found his range, the constant jabs thrown by Cotto kept Martinez in defensive mode, Cotto did a great job keeping the fight in the center of the ring. It was evident, the long layoff and knee problems played a role in the loss for Martinez.
Fighting with pure heart, Sergio Martinez did the best he could, but deep down knew he was not going to win this battle. The warrior would not give up, trying to find a way to get back in the fight by moving in circles to avoid being cut off.
The constant attack by Cotto was pure magic, the decision to train under the direction of Freddy Roach paid off. His well planned attack was nearly flawless, Cotto brought the fight inside, knowing Martinez had the reach advantage.
The action continued into the later rounds as Cotto delivered damaging power punch body shots. In round nine, Cotto again dropped Martinez with a powerful shot. Martinez would survive the count and the round, but his trainer, Pablo Sarmiento had seen enough and did the right thing by not letting Martinez continue at the start of round ten. When Martinez remained on the stool at the beginning of the round, referee Michael Griffin calls a stop to the bout at the beginning of round ten.