COTTO ROCKS MAYORGA IN FINAL ROUND OF THRILLER FOR TKO VICTORY
Pawel Wolak Derails Yuri Foreman’s Comeback with a TKO at End of Round Six
Baltimore Ravens Safety Tommy Zbikowski TKOs Rich Bryant in First Round
Miguel Vazquez Retains IBF Lightweight Title via Unanimous Decision
After months of an incident-filled, antagonistic promotion, Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga delivered an equally entertaining fight on SHOWTIME PPV® ending with a TKO victory for Cotto at 0:53 in the twelfth round. Pawel Wolak upset Yuri Foreman with a pressure-filled fight that ended in technical knockout at the end of six after Foreman refused to answer the bell for the seventh round. Baltimore Ravens safety Tommy Zbikowski scored a TKO over Richard Bryant at 1:45 of round one and Miguel Vazquez retained his International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight title over Leonardo Zappavigna via unanimous decision with scores of 117-111 and 118-110 two times.
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Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs), from Caguas, Puerto Rico, summed it up perfectly: “The whole fight was great but the finish was amazing.” In a fight that both camps predicted would end in less than four rounds, Cotto and Mayorga gave the 7,247 in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and boxing fans watching at home on pay-per-view more than their money’s worth by pushing the action-packed fight into the twelfth round.
Mayorga (29-8-1, 23 KOs), from Managua, Nicaragua, carried his pre-fight bravado into the ring with taunts and sarcastic smiles. In the third round, “El Matador” ran into a neutral corner and attempted to goad Cotto into a corner-of-the-ring brawl. Unlike a bull that might jump at a matador’s invitation, the completely unfazed Cotto kept his cool and boxed the wild puncher. Cotto’s devastating jab landed repeatedly throughout the bout, causing major swelling over Mayorga’s left eye. Cotto’s shots were shorter, sharper and harder than Mayorga’s, as predicted by trainer Emanuel Steward.