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Arum: You Can't Take a Layoff Like That and Face Cotto

Miguel Cotto battered Sergio Martinez for nine rounds to claim the World Boxing Council middleweight title and become Puerto Rico's first four-division champion. Argentina's Martinez didn't answer the bell for the 10th round and referee Michael Griffin called a halt. Cotto had set the tone early, sending the champion to the canvas three times in the first round before a sold-out crowd of 21,090 at Madison Square Garden.

The Puerto Rican improved to 39-4 with 32 wins inside the distance while southpaw Martinez fell to 51-3-2 with 28 knockouts. All three judges had it scored 90-77 for Cotto through nine rounds. Cotto relentlessly pushed Martinez back throughout the bout, landing punches almost at will.

"I thought [Cotto] was absolutely sensational. I was saying to myself, 'What a waste that he didn't get to Freddie earlier.' And the way he did it, he fought like a perfect fight. He just blew him out. I think Sergio probably was better a number of years ago. You can't take a layoff like that and fight a guy with the skill and the stamina that Cotto has. No way you can do that," said Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by radioraheem on 06-10-2014

[QUOTE=killakali;14643288]Cotto had a 7 million guarantee for Martinez. I'm sure his next fight in hbo will be for 10 or more. Maybe he fights Canelo on hbo.[/QUOTE] It depends who Cotto is up against. When Cotto fought Trout, he only…

Comment by WilkinsOlajuwon on 06-10-2014

HBO doesnt put on PPV cards, the promoters do.

Comment by jtcs1981 on 06-10-2014

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;14640945]The last time Cotto fought Floyd on Showtime, his guarantee was 8 million. It was also his highest guaranteed purse of his career at that point.. Floyd also fought him at the full 154. Canelo (GBP) offered Cotto 10 million,…

Comment by killakali on 06-08-2014

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;14640945]The last time Cotto fought Floyd on Showtime, his guarantee was 8 million. It was also his highest guaranteed purse of his career at that point.. Floyd also fought him at the full 154. Canelo (GBP) offered Cotto 10 million,…

Comment by cabalas on 06-08-2014

[QUOTE=gyllespie;14640476]Trout can take a year off and still beat Cotto. Just saying. Sergio's old body obviously didn't respond to his mental commands. But hey, would you turn down a fat payday and a chance to beat one of the biggest…

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