x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Cotto retains title after Margarito ordered to stop

Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto avenged his controversial loss to Antonio Margarito three years ago when he beat the Mexican to retain his WBA Super Middleweight world title at Madison Square Garden.

Miguel Cotto breached Antonio Margaritto's defence time and again before the referee called a halt to proceedings at the start of round 10 with the Mexican declared unfit to continue.
Miguel Cotto breached Antonio Margaritto's defence time and again before the referee called a halt to proceedings at the start of round 10 with the Mexican declared unfit to continue.

NEW YORK // Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto avenged his controversial loss to Antonio Margarito three years ago when he beat the Mexican on Saturday night (Sunday morning UAE) to retain his WBA Super Middleweight world title at Madison Square Garden.

The referee stopped the fight before the start of the 10th round when ringside doctors ruled that Margarito was not fit enough to continue.

Cotto was already well ahead on points at the time on all three judge's cards.

Margarito's right eye, which had required surgery after he was brutally beaten by Manny Pacquiao, was closed shut after he had been hit so many times by Cotto.

Cotto improved his career record to 37-2 (30 KO) while Margarito fell to 38-8, (27 KO).