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Miguel Cotto Stops Sergio Martinez

Photo by Chris Farina for Top Rank

by Sarah Deming

Miguel Cotto made it look easy Saturday night at Madison Square Garden against lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, knocking the aging Argentine down four times en route to a tenth-round TKO. Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) put his people in a party mood, becoming the first Puerto Rican to win a world title in four weight divisions.

It was a Cotto house at Jack Demsey’s. The midtown bar was hosting a viewing of the HBO PPV card to support the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation, the charity that funds the community gym where I coach. 

Expert consensus was that Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) would win this fight on size and speed (barring the recurrence of his knee or hand injuries), but the experts could learn a thing or two from the crowd at Jack Demsey’s.

“Who are you picking?” I asked Teddy Atlas.

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