RingTV.com had a live round-by-round update on this page for Saturday’s junior middleweight third-round knockout by three-division titlewinner Miguel Cotto over Delvin Rodriguez, who was both dropped and stopped in the final round at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.
Cotto (38-4, 31 knockouts), who turns 33 on Oct. 29, had lost his past two bouts by unanimous decision against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Austin Trout. Cotto’s last victory was in December of 2011, a 10th-round stoppage of Antonio Margarito.
A 33-year-old resident of Danbury, Conn., born in the Dominican Republic, Rodriguez (28-7-3, 16 KOs) had won two straight by knockout since falling to Trout. Rodriguez was coming off consecutive stoppages of previously unbeaten George Tahdooahnippah in the sixth round, and Freddy Hernandez in the eighth.
Cotto vs. Rodriguez live blog
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Miguel Cotto enters the arena wearing a red, sleeveless hoodie with no music to the boisterous cheers of the crowd. That’s it. Trainer Freddie Roach is with him.
Defeaning cheers for Cotto, Rodriguez roundly booed during introductions.
Referee: Frank Santore Jr.
Judges: Mike Ross, Mike Pernick and Rich Green.
MIGUEL COTTO WINS BY THIRD ROUND KNOCKOUT AT THE 2:42 MARK!!!!!
Round 1: Crowd’s loud early and chanting Cotto’s name long prior to the bell. Good jab by moving Rodriguez, Cotto targeting the body. Good, piston-like jab by Rodriguez. Solid left to the body by Cotto. Decent jab by Rodriguez going. Lefts to the body during clinch for Cotto. Solid jab, left by Cotto. Good right to the body by Cotto. Double-left to the body by Cotto and another. Right, left, right to the body by Cotto. Two uppercuts inside by Rodriguez. Three-punch combo to the body by Cotto. Good action. Cotto, 10-9.
Round 2: “Beautiful,” says Freddie Roach, who liked what he saw in the first round. Nice early right hand by Cotto after a left to the body.TThe pressure and body work by Cotto resembles the Cotto of old. Rodriguez is having trouble holding Cotto off. They trade overhand rights. Solid hook by Cotto. Good movement to cut off the ring by Cotto. Nice right by Rodriguez. Jab and right by Cotto. Cotto drives two lefts to the body and a hard one to the head. BIG LEFT HOOK TO THE HEAD WOBBLES RODRIGUEZ INTO THE ROPES JUST PRIOR TO THE BELL. RODRIGUEZ STILL IS SHAKING HIS HEAD AND BLINKING HIS EYES AS HE RETURNS TO THE CORNER. Cotto, 10-9; Cotto, 20-18.
Round 3: BIG LEFT HOOK STANDS UP RODRIGUEZ BEFORE A FINISHING LEFT HOOK DROPS RODRIGUEZ, WHO IS FLAT, THEN FOLDED ON THE CANVAS. REFEREE FRANK SANTORE STEPS IN, STANDS OVER HIM AND STOPS IT!!!!
FIGHT’S OVER. COTTO BY THIRD ROUND KNOCKOUT AT THE 2:42 MARK!!!!!
Photos by Chris Farina, Top Rank
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