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Cotto stops Judah in the 11th round

Cotto stops Judah in the 11th round

Displaying the kind of relentlessness and power that have made him one of boxing's more punishing fighters, Miguel Cotto demolished a valiant Zab Judah, stopping the former three-time champion on a TKO at 49 seconds of the 11th round before a sellout crowd of 20,658 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
Cotto, who retained his WBA welterweight title, finished off the fight in spectacular fashion. He dropped Judah with a left hook to the chin that sent Judah falling straight backward to the canvas like a sack of potatoes. Judah managed to beat the count, but he was finished. After another brief assault, referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stepped in to stop the onslaught. It was a good, merciful stoppage.
Both boxers were cut and bleeding. Cotto had cuts inside of his lip, on his forehead and right eye and Judah's right eye was swollen shut and bleeding. All three judges had Cotto ahead 97-91 at the time of the stoppage.
"I expected a tough fight and that's what I got, a tough fight," Cotto said. "He did land some good punches on me, but I was very well-prepared for that. I could feel I was taking the fight over round by round."
Judah was angry about a pair of below-the-belt hits.
"He hit me hard twice and the ref didn't say anything about it," Judah said. "Those two low blows really took it out of me."
Cotto said the low blows were not intentional.
"I did hit him low, but Judah had his elbows so low that when I punched him to the body it glanced off his elbows into a low blow," Cotto said.
Although Cotto (30-0, 25 KOs) had fought at the Garden on two previous occasions as part of the Puerto Rican Day Parade festivities, his appearances had not been as big an event as Saturday night's fight. A large, vocal crowd of supporters thronged the Garden, waving Puerto Rican flags and cheering for Cotto, who is from Caguas, Puerto Rico.


Updated : 2021-10-20 00:15 GMT+08:00