Miguel Cotto retained the WBA light-middleweight world title after avenging his loss to Antonio Margarito with a 10th-round stoppage over the Mexican in front of a packed Madison Square Garden in New York.
And other than the raucous sell-out crowd of 21,239 fans, which roared Cotto’s every move, little seemed different between Saturday’s bout and the pair’s first meeting in 2008.
Champion Cotto scaled in at 152.25lbs for the hotly anticipated grudge match while challenger Margarito who took to the scales to a torrent of boos, clocked in at 152.5lbs.
Things got really personal between the pair when accusations and counter-claims of criminality and assault were thrown around, turning the press event into a mud-slinging contest.
The final instalment of Cotto vs Margarito 24/7 sees the Mexican flying into New York for a doctor’s room tour as the New York State Athletic Commission push granting a license right to the wire. Cotto’s new trainer Pedro Luis Diaz explains why he defected from Cuba to pursue a pro career, and the champion’s camp admits to making Tony’s eye a priority.
Footage of Miguel Cotto’s media workout yesterday ahead of his rematch with Antonio Margarito on December 3. From his base in Orlando, Florido with new trainer Pedro Luis Diaz, the WBA light-middleweight champ works his way from some shadow boxing, pads, heavy bag and various conditioning drills to a backdrop of traditional Peurto Rican music blaring through the speakers.
Everyone knows Antonio Margarito for the loaded hand wraps scandal that tarnished his career, but not many know the story of the little boy from Tijuana that turned pro at 15 and learnt his trade at the punishing hands of seasoned fighters, the family man that lost his brother to a robbery just as things were starting to look up, or the husband that would not have had a career if not for his wife sacrifices. All these stories our told in Ring Life: Antonio Margarito…