Cotto-Margarito II Confirmed for December 3

Posted: June 15, 2011 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Fight News
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Over three years after their first brutal encounter, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito have come to terms to rematch each other on December 3 in New York City.

The fight had been in jeopardy due to eye problems Margarito¬†retained after having his orbital bone broken in his November 2010 loss to Manny Pacquiao. Team member Francisco Espinoza verified that doctors have cleared Margarito¬†to begin preliminary training. Cotto’s¬†last fight was a 12th round TKO over Ricardo Mayorga on March 12.

In their first bout, Cotto¬†jumped out to an early lead by fighting off the backfoot¬†and connecting with a vast array of power punches. Margarito¬†weathered this early storm to wear down Cotto¬†in the middle and late rounds¬†with relentless pressure, body punching and uppercuts¬†to the head. The punishment broke a bloody Cotto¬†for two knockdowns¬†before Cotto’s corner stopped the fight in the 11th round.

In 2009, Margarito¬†would be suspended for over a year for attempting to use hardened, plaster-like hand wraps¬†against Shane Mosley. Throughout that year, Cotto¬†publicly questioned if Margarito¬†utilized that same tactic in their fight. In addition, the Puerto Rican fighter derided his Tijuana rival as a “cheat” in an interview with this writer in November 2009.

Due to his suspension and two savage beatings at the hands of Manny Pacquiao¬†and Shane Mosley, Margarito¬†has only competed in three bouts since 2009. Cotto’s¬†own activity has been hampered; he has only fought twice in the last two years¬†due to¬†arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder.

Cotto-Margarito¬†II will be for Cotto’s¬†WBA junior middleweight title.

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Even though ring wars have diminished both men since their 2008 Las Vegas bout, this is still a big fight.¬†The storylines are already in place. Can Cotto¬†achieve revenge? Can Margarito¬†redeem the validity¬†of the biggest win of his career? Can¬†Cotto significantly improve his first performance now that he’s¬†under the tutelage of Emanuel Steward?¬†Does Margarito¬†still have the same chin he did in 2008 to walk through Cotto’s shots?

These are all questions that will make people tune in.¬†The obvious spot would be Madison Square¬†Garden, where Cotto¬†has fought several times in the past (most recently against Joshua Clottey¬†in¬†June 2009).¬†But Arum should consider making the event bigger by holding this card at the site of Cotto’s title-winning effort against Yuri Foreman,¬†Yankee Stadium.¬†It would be an absolutely electric atmosphere.

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  2. Frost Gamble says:

    With Sergio Martinez unable to land a big fight, I kind of thought he’d go after Margarito – to “beat every man he’s ever faced”. Of course, that would be a one sided beating and I don’t know Barker from a can of paint, so I can’t say what’s best.

    In either case, I’ll definitely tune in for Cotto-Margarito II.

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