Cotto Destroys Martinez to Seize Middleweight Crown
- Updated: June 7, 2014
Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) continues to burnish his legendary credentials. This time, he defied all the critics and so-called “experts” to dominate and defeat Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) en route ninth round stoppage victory. This bout was never close and will undoubtedly serve as one of Cotto’s greatest triumphs; a quite impressive feat when one looks back at the Puerto Rican’s career. The result also pleased the hoard of Cotto supporters who packed Madison Square Garden in New York City for the HBO PPV, which drew at least 21,000 spectators.
The fight, and domination, began instantly as Cotto quickly found a home for his left hook… which kept coming and coming. Martinez’s legs apparently had not healed from knee surgery following his 2013 bout with Martin Murray, as he looked flat. All the more inviting for Cotto to pillage him. Cotto dropped the middleweight champion three times over the course of the fight’s first three minutes. Martinez gamely got up and fought on, but aside from a jab, Martinez could muster nothing…
Cotto continued to pound away at the Argentine over the next several rounds, Martinez would attempt a defense, but Cotto would not be denied. It was a legendary performance that will be discussed in the dusty streets of Baymon for years to come. The only question was whether Cotto could end the fight before the final bell… He did. Cotto dusted Martinez for one final time in the ninth round bring a halt to this lopsided mismatch and servicing to replenish the legacy of Cotto. Martinez, a cinderellaesque story of a fighter who found his way later in his career, is likely done after this mismatch; a body betrayed. Cotto has options: Golovkin, Pacquiao and Mayweather. The Puerto Rican legend is a free agent and can fight wherever and whomever he pleases for mountains of cash. A nice life for a legendary fighter.
In the co-feature Marvin Sonosa (19-1-1, 15 KOs) notched an ugly split decision victory over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. to avenge his only defeat. Sonosa dropped Vazquez early, but that would serve as nearly the only highlight of this largely forgettable fight.
Also on the undercard, Argentina managed to score a victory over Puerto Rico when late-replacement Javier Francisco Maciel (29-3, 20 KOs) notched a majority decision over Puerto Rico’s Jorge Melendez 28-4-1, 26 KOs). Maciel set the tone of the fight by dropping Melendez in the fourth round and also notched an extra point when Melendez was penalized for a low blow. The fight was a fairly competitive affair that could have gone either way, but ultimately the Argentine’s aggression won the day.
Irish junior-middleweight Andy Lee (33-2, 23 KOs), a former protégé of the late Emmanuel Steward, recovered from an early knockout to stop John Jackson (18-2, 15 KOs) and save his career on the first PPV bout of the evening. Jackson, the son of the great puncher Julian Jackson, managed to drop Lee in the first round of their fight with a massive right hand that nearly ended the fight. Lee managed to recover but had few answers for Jackson’s aggression and quickly found himself down on all three scorecards 39-36. However, the Irish product managed to rally and ended the fight in the first round with a massive right hook counter which will likely be a contender for knockout of the year. Lee, who was dropping down in weight from middleweight, will likely now find himself back in the title hunt with that highly marketable knockout.