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Cotto vs Margarito II: Miguel Cotto Stops Bloodied Antonio Margarito

With a partisan Madison Square Garden crowd behind him, Miguel Cotto battered Antonio Margarito for nine rounds to retain his WBA super welterweight title on Saturday and avenge a loss in their first meeting in 2008.

Cotto dominated the rematch from the onset with crisp jabs and upper cuts that frequently found their target. The turning point of the match, however, came in the third round when Cotto opened a cut on Margarito’s right eye, the same eye that was surgically repaired after his lopsided loss to Manny Pacquiao in November last year. By the eighth round, the eye had closed and Margarito fought with impaired vision. Cotto continued to press the attack with more head shots forcing the ringside doctor to take a look at the swollen Margarito eye at the end of the ninth round.

Confusion ensued before the start of the tenth round as ringside physician Dr. Anthony Curreri examined Margarito’s eye. The clock for the tenth round had begun ticking when referee Steve Smoger called it a night three seconds into the round. After the fight, Cotto acknowledged that Margarito was strong but said that it was clear he was the better fighter. “He’s still a very strong fighter, but I am way better than he is,” Cotto said.