History | Feb 21 2019

On This Day: Miguel Cotto and Kelly Pavlik rebound after defeats

Miguel Cotto destroys Brit Michael Jennings at Madison Square Garden while Kelly Pavlik overpowers Marco Antonio Rubio at a sold-out Chevrolet Centre, writes Sam Corbishley
Miguel Cotto
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1. CAGUAS’ 28-year-old Puerto Rican warrior, Miguel Cotto, 32-1-0, was coming off a brutal 11th round stoppage defeat at the (suspected to be loaded) hands of Antonio Margarito the previous July. A few weeks earlier, Margarito and his trainer Javier Capetillo had their licenses revoked for the maximum period of 12 months by the California State Athletic Commission after Margarito’s hand wraps were found to contain illegal knuckle pads during his defeat to Shane Mosley.

2. CHORLEY’S Michael Jennings, 31, 34-1-0, was the former English and British welterweight champion who had never even contested a Commonwealth or European strap and was competing in his first overseas fight for the vacant WBO welterweight title on February 21, 2009.

3. JENNINGS, although brave, was lucky to make it out of the fourth after falling twice under a barrage of punches from Miguel Cotto. The first knockdown came after two minutes when Cotto landed a stiff right to the Brit’s jaw followed by a pair of left hooks to the back of the neck and the jaw.

 

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