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Miguel Cotto defeated Antonio Margarito on Dec. Three at Madison Square Garden in new york, causing a stoppage three seconds into the 10th round. Cotto dominated the fight from start to finish, and had badly beaten Margarito’s right eye, which was swollen shut when the fight was stopped. Margarito’s eye had been a consistent source of concern entering the fight, meaning approval from a doctor before the state of New York agreed to license Mexican professional boxer Antonio Margarito to battle. The eye had been badly hurt in Margarito’s previous fight, a loss to Manny Pacquiao. Football lines

The fight was a rematch of a questionable 2008 bout, when Mexican professional boxer Antonio Margarito handed Cotto his first professional loss. Margarito forced Cotto’s corner to throw in the towel in the 11th round. Margarito was ahead on a couple of the three scorecards at the time of the stoppage, but later came under suspicion thanks to his use of illegal hand wraps in a later struggle against Shane Mosely. Margarito is coming off a loss to Manny Pacquiao in 2010, while WBA super light-middleweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico has won his past 2 fights after losing to Pacquiao in 2009. Football betting lines

When the gloves came off, it was Miguel WBA super light-middleweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico whose hand was raised this time. In a packed, electrical Madison Square Garden, the Puerto Rican closed out all thoughts of vengeance for the shame of his first loss to Antonio Mexican professional boxer Antonio Margarito and boxed instead with admirable discipline under sustained pressure, battering the Mexican’s suspect right eye closed with such efficiency the fight doctor called it over at the start of the 10th round.

Mexican professional boxer Antonio Margarito was angry. He didn’t need a war ; he needed a win. WBA super light-middleweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico was cleared and relieved, potentially. For weeks the WBA light-middleweight champion allow it to be known he believed Margarito had beaten him with loaded gloves in Las Vegas 3 years ago.

Adding piquancy to the ending, the ugly bruise that enveloped the loser’s right eye hid what might or may not have been more serious damage to the orbital bone the injury that had kept him out of the ring after he took a dreadful battering by Manny Pacquiao slightly over a year ago and which inspired doubt in the minds of the New York State Athletic Commission. Late in the day, they overturned their original, clumsy ban, commerce as well as a medical appeal the main factors. It would have been a brave call to cancel this fight, so charged was the increase, the atmosphere on the night and the intense feeling between the combatants. It’s a Latino showdown that couldn’t be stopped by faint hearts.

WBA super light-middleweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico bossed the 1st round, and his fans relished every blow. If they had rafters, they would’ve been hanging from them. The heaving corporate boxes and the engaged faithful in the [not much] cheaper seats paid affidavit to the fight’s integrity.

Although it can be strongly argued Margarito shouldn’t be in a boxing ring at all after being caught with loaded gloves before taking a quite terrible hiding from Shane Mosley in 2009, he could be a soldier from the ages, whose wild-eyed commitment to authorised violence frightens all but the most committed opponents.

When they last met, Cotto did not prove equal to that challenge, conquered on one knee in the Eleventh round.

If there had been an element of surrender in that engagement,there was tiny sign of it here as the fight exploded in an orgy of squashing head shots by both men against a wall of noise that would give on-rushing lions pause for thought.

Margarito, 3 years older at 34, grinned in every exchange, whether giving or receiving ; WBA super light-middleweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico stayed cool. Previously, Margarito had said that he was prepared to die in the ring, an especially tasteless declaration of war at a time when old infantrymen like Joe Frazier and Ron Lyle have fallen and Muhammad Ali is seriously sick.

WBA super light-middleweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico had no such malice. And last night he went about his work with what are left of his substantial talents. This was a job, he claimed, less than that. There isn’t any point pretending this is the WBA super light-middleweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico who once was regarded as a welterweight phenomenon and possible adversary for Ricky Hatton. It isn’t. He is slower, perhaps wiser but more hittable. After 5 rounds, he had not managed it, dancing on balanced feet, the title-holder was under pressure and on the back foot, defending against the ropes, waiting for his opponent’s defence to slide.

With legal wraps authorised in the dressing by the astute Naazim Richardson (who spotted his indiscretion in LA, in protection of his fighter Mosley), Margarito did his best to sap the fight from WBA super light-middleweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico.

As they approached the middle rounds, Cotto had a slight edge, maybe 3 rounds to 2, with one shared, but there wasn’t a lot in it as far as the actual fighting was concerned. When Cotto caught Margarito cleanly, Mexican professional boxer Antonio Margarito usually got even with repulsive, scrambled retaliation, inspired by strength of will instead of the markedly more sporty class of his competitor.

It is just over a year since Margarito lost to Pacquiao on points, nine months since WBA super light-middleweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico stopped Ricardo Mayorga in the 12th round. After seven rounds, both seemed like they’d been fighting each day for the previous month.

Margarito’s right eye was closed as he came off his stool for the 8th, trailing on points but full of fight. How he would have loved to have once been around in the times of bareknuckle fights to the finish. Here, he had to agree to the laws of relative politeness and the referee Steve Smoger watched the growing wound closely. As did Cotto, who belted it remorselessly.

It was now clear Margarito required a stoppage. He was losing the boxing match and vision out of that eye; the officers were scared witnesses at front row. The bruise was not that much worse than was John Murray’s in the previous fight, but the sidekick weakness was a concern. After much thought, they let him fight on.

What Cotto knew as well as Margarito in the fading stages was that, if the champ boxed instead of fought, victory was his. He didn’t let pride or Mexican professional boxer Antonio Margarito’s pre-fight taunts distract him.

The bell went to voiced the start of the Tenth and again the doctor hovered over Mexican professional boxer Antonio Margarito’s eye in the corner. The guardians of probity shook their heads. He was refused. Margarito’s trainer, Robert Garcia, pleaded for one more round. The boxer had beaten the fighter and, if there was a feeling of frustration among the blood-thirsty parts of the seething auditorium, it was off-set by the joy among Cotto’s Puerto Rican adherents.

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