History | Mar 12 2019

On This Day: Miguel Cotto silences Ricardo Mayorga

Connor Boundy recounts Puerto Rican idol Miguel Cotto’s stoppage of his Nicaraguan nemesis Ricardo Mayorga
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Cotto also improved his explosive power Jake Roth/USA Today Sports

MIGUEL COTTO, with Kronk legend Emanuel Steward heading his corner for a second time, successfully defended his WBA super-welterweight title by stopping the rough and rugged Ricardo Mayorga in the 12th round at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on March 12, 2011.

Under Steward’s guidance, Cotto had become a more methodical warrior, slowly studying his prey before unleashing his famous left hook.

Mouthy Mayorga tried his utmost to lure poker-faced Cotto into a brawl, but the Puerto Rican simply “shook his head and goaded his torturer.”

 

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