Miguel Cotto vs Zab Judah - Highlights (Savage Fight & KNOCKOUT)
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Jun 9th, 2007. "X-Plosive!" was a brutal foul-filled all-action bout between slick counter punching “Super” Zab Judah and hard hitting Miguel Cotto, who makes the 2nd defense of his WBA Welterweight Championship. Up to this point, Cotto had never tasted defeat.
Prefight records; Cotto 29(24)-0, Judah 34(25)-4.
Going into the fight, Cotto had notable wins over Carlos Quintana, Paulie Malignaggi, Rocky Martinez, Oktay Urkal, DeMarcus Corley, Lovemore N'dou, Carlos Maussa, Ricardo Torres & Randall Bailey. On the other hand, Judah had victories over the likes of Micky Ward, DeMarcus Corley, Junior Witter, Reggie Green, Rafael Pineda & Cory Spinks.
In round 2, Cotto landed a hard low blow that sent Judah to the canvas but there was no point deduction yet. However, in the next round Cotto repeated the same foul which once again floored Judah. This time, referee Arthur Mercante Jr penalized Cotto and Judah was given a 5 minute break.
From then on, the fight became more competitive as both sensed the urgency lthough Cotto was clearly winning most of the rounds
In round 4, Judah’s right eye was cut due to an accidental headbutt and in the 6th round Cotto suffered the same fate.. Both fighters were bleeding from the top of their right eyes, and sensing the urgency they stepped on the gas pedal even harder from this moment on.
As the fight progresses, Cotto got the upper hand in the 9th frame; landing a barrage of shots that badly hurt Judah who took a knee to recover from the Cotto onslaught. Additionally, the bleeding on top of his right eye was getting worst thus impeding his vision further.
Judah came back gamely in the next round, but was evidently hurt despite showing his great fighting heart. In the 11th, Judah was knocked down once again. He courageously beat the count and even managed to return fire for a moment but Cotto pressed on his attacks on the helpless Judah; prompting Mercante Jr to step in.
This is considered to be a throwback fight straight out of the 1950s, with both fighters bleeding badly at the end of the bout. At the time of the stoppage, Cotto was ahead 97-91 in all scorecards.
Cotto was well ahead, with scores of 97-91 before the stoppage.
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