Cotto TKOs Judah!
Saturday, June 9 2007
By Matt Richardson at ringside / Photo: Ed Mulholland
WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (30-0, 25 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over Zab Judah (34-5, 25 KOs) in a
wild back and forth classic on Saturday before a crowd of 20,658 at a sold out Madison Square Garden in New York City. In
round one Judah hurt Cotto with an uppercut, Cotto put Judah on the deck with a low blow. Cotto was effective for most of
round two, but was rocked again by Judah at the end of the round. Cotto continued the pressure in the third and another low
blow put Judah down again. A point was deducted from Cotto. Cotto was bleeding from the mouth as Judah found a home for the
left hand. Judah was cut over the right eye in the fourth as he was hammered by Cotto. Cotto was cut over the right eye in
the sixth but wobbled Judah midway through the round. Judah opened up and hurt Cotto again in the seventh. Cotto was back
on the attack in an exciting eighth. Judah's right eye was starting to close in the ninth and Judah took a knee to escape
Cotto's assault. Cotto continued to brutalize Judah in the tenth. Judah was floored by a right hand in the eleventh and referee
Arthur Mercante Jr. stopped the fight after Cotto's followup assault. Time was :49.
Welterweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (32-0-1, 25 KOs) avenged the final loss of his legendary father with a third round knockout
of Grover Wiley (30-10-1, 2, 14 KOs). Chavez dropped Wiley in round one and twice in round three to end it.
In a good action fight, super featherweight contender Humberto Soto (42-5-2, 26 KOs) knocked out Bobby Pacquiao (27-13-3,
12 KOs) in round seven. Soto dropped Pacquiao in round one and Pacquiao was soon after cut over the right eye. But Pacquiao
came back to hurt Soto in round four. Pacquiao's face was a mask of blood after the fifth round. A devastating body shot by
Soto put Pacquiao down for the count in round seven. Time was 1:48. Soto may now get a chance to try to do the same to Bobby's
A fight that looked like dynamite on paper turned out to be a dud in the ring as Yuri Foreman (23-0, 8 KOs) took a very lackluster
split decision over Anthony Thompson (23-2, 17 KOs). Scores were 97-93, 96-94 for Foreman, 96-94 for Thompson.
Middleweight Peter Quillin (13-0, 10 KOs) outpointed Jamal Davis (7-2, 6 KOs) by scores of 80-72, 80-72, 79-73.
Super lightweight Algenis Mendez (5-0, 4 KOs) destroyed Bobby Campbell (2-3-2) dropping Campbell three times in 1:46.
Middleweight Wayne Johnsen (16-1, 9 KOs) won a six-rounder over Anthony Bartinelli (19-10-2, 12 KOs) by scores of 60-53, 59-54,
Junior featherweight prospect Jesus Rojas (8-0, 6 KOs) outpointed Torrance Daniels (9-2-1, 4 KOs) over six by scores of 58-56,
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