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.
[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…Post a Comment/View More User Comments (30)