Cotto thrills packed Garden
by stopping Judah
New York, NY--Miguel Cotto
gave his adoring fans something to cheer about
on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade by
sropping Zab Judah in the eleventh round to
retain the WBA Welterweight championship before
20,658 fans in Madison Square Garden.
Judah actually fared well
in round one by startling Cotto with a huge
left hand. Cotto tried to flurry back but landed
a low blow that had Judah riving in pain. Judah
started a pattern of jabbing and moving in round
two for which Cotto was able to gain a rhythm
and started landing some solid combinations
that consisted of three and four punches. Cotto
landed yet another hard low blow to start round
three which had Judah in pain for a quite a
few minutes. For that low blow, Cotto was docked
a point by referee Arthur Mercante Jr. Cotto
came back to win the round, thus an even round
was registered. The two fighters clashed heads
in round four which caused a cut from around
the right eye of Judah. Later in round, Cotto
landed a four punch combination that was finished
off with a nice right hand. Cotto opened up
round five with a hard straight hand and was
relentless by coming forward to land some of
his vaunted body punches. In round six, Judah
hit Cotto on the break which caused for the
fighters to touch gloves and embrace following
the foul. Later in the round, Cotto rocked Judah
with a nice straight right and finished up the
round with some more precision body work.
Judah got out of his pattern
of Jabbing while going backwards to land a hard
three punch combination that had Cotto in trouble
for a brief moment in round seven. Cotto began
to show the marks from this battle was blood
began stream out of the Puerto Rican's mouth.
Cotto regained his composure to have a solid
round eight that saw Cotto continue to batter
Judah all over the ring. Cotto continued with
massive body work in round nine and Judah looked
liked he was ready to go at any moment. That
work made Judah take a step back and subsequently
take a knee and receive an eight count from
Mercante. Cotto was sensing victory as the bout
reached the championship rounds and finally
drilled Judah with a hard right and dropped
Judah early in the eleventh round. Judah gamely
fought on only to eat a three punch combination
and Mercante stopped the bout 49 seconds into
Cotto, 146 1/2 lbs of Caguas,
Puerto Rico makes the second defense of the
WBA crown and stays undefeated at 30-0 while
notching his 25th knockouts. Judah, 145 lbs
of Brooklyn, NY is now 34-5.
The semi-final saw Julio
Cesar Chavez Jr. take on Grover Wiley in a scheduled
ten round Jr. Middleweight bout.
This was a non-competitive
from the word go as Chavez dropped Wiley with
a thudding body shot in the first stanza. Chavez
went for the juggler in that round in the form
of hard body shots to punctuate the round. Chavez
mixed in some more of his repertoire in round
two as he threw some uppercuts and straights
to go along with some more body work. Chavez
dropped Wiley with some more body work and Chavez
sensed that Wiley was close to being finished.
Chavez was right as he landed a straight right
that was followed by another body shot for good
measure and Wiley went down for a third and
final time as he took a ten count.
Chavez Jr, 150 lbs of Culican,
Mexico avenged the loss that his legendary father
suffered to Wiley and is now 32-0-1 with twenty-five
knockouts. Wiley, 149 1/2 lbs of Omaha, NE is
Humberto Soto took on Bobby
Pacquiao in a scheduled ten round Super Featherweight
Soto scored a knockdown in
round one as he caught Pacquiao on the ropes
with a left hand. Soto was consistan in dividing
up his connect between the head and body of
the Philipino southpaw. Soto landed three hard
rights in the corner that had Pacquiao stumbling
in round two. Soto's damage was evident as a
nasty cut opened up over the right eye of Pacquaio.
Soto continued to land big shots before being
rocked by a big counter right from Pacquiao.
That set off a great exchange between the fighters.
By round six, Pacquiao's
blood was streaming was streaming down his face
due to the offensive display by Soto. Soto finished
the sixth round with good flurry. Soto landed
a hard right that was followed by a body shot
that floored Pacquiao in round seven. Pacquiao
did not beat the count of referee Gary Rosato
at 1:48 of the seventh round.
Soto, 131 lbs of Tijuana,
Mexico will now look to fight Bobby's brother,
Manny Pacquiao with a record of 42-5-2 with
twenty six knockouts. Pacquiao, 131 lbs of Genreal
Santos, City Phillipines is now 27-13-3.
Yuri Foreman opened up the
Pay-Per-View telecast with a tactical split
decision over Anthony Thompson in a ten round
Jr. Middleweight bout.
Foreman countered well and
didn't let Thompson find a rhythm that he had
been getting in recent wins over Mohammad Siad
and Robert Frazier. There was a lot of work
on the inside and rounds were tough to score.
Those scores read 97-93 and 96-94 for Foreman
and 96-94 for Thompson.
Foreman, 156 1/4 lbs from
Brooklyn, NY is now 23-0. Thompson, 156 3/4
lbs of Philadelphia is now 23-2.
Aigens Mendez opened up the
card by dropping Bobby Campbell three times
in 106 seconds and score a first round stoppage
in a Jr. Lightweight bout.
Mendez, 129 1/2 lbs of San
Juan De la Maugua, DR is now 5-0 with four knockouts.
Campbell, 130 lbs of Copiaque, NY is now 2-3-2.
Jesus Rojas remained undefeated
by scoring a unanimous decision over Torrance
Daniels in an entertaining six round Jr. Featherweight
Rojas, from the same camp
as Cotto. landed some solid body shots and hard
combinations was tested as Daniels fired back
and gave as good he got in a lot of exchanges.
Rojas was more active and landed the better
shots to win by scores of 59-55, 58-56 and 56-56
to raise his record to 7-0. Daniels, 121 lbs
of Colorado Springs, CO is now 9-3-1.
Wayne Johnsen dropped Anthony
Bartinelli early in round one en route to a
unanimous decision in a six round Middleweight
Bartinelli controlled the
last half of the fight by landing some good
right hands and had Johnsen holding on several
occasions, but Johnson had built up a enough
of as lead to win all cards by scores of 60-53,
59-54 and 57-56.
Johnsen, 161 lbs of Lyndhurst,
NJ is now 16-1. Bartinelli, 161 lbs of Phoenix,
AZ is now 19-10-2.
Peter "Kid Chocolate"
Quilin won an eight round unanimous decision
over Jamal Davis in Middleweight bout.
Not much happened in the
fight with Quilin landing enough right hands
to take the fight 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73.
Quilin, 160 lbs of New York
is 13-0. Davis, 161 lbs of Philadelphia is now