ON December 2, 2006, in an all-Puerto Rican clash at the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Miguel Cotto dispatched Carlos Quintana in brutal fashion to win the WBA welterweight title vacated by Ricky Hatton.
The fight pitted two unbeaten fighters against one another and would answer questions about both men, with Cotto setting out to prove that he could mix it at welterweight with the same type of power and vicious body punching that he had demonstrated in the weight class below and Quintana yet to prove that he could handle the power and pressure of a fighter of Cotto’s calibre. In the end, the answers to these questions would be conclusive.
The opening three sessions saw Quintana keeping the fight long, boxing at range and popping out southpaw jabs and straight lefts. The fight had been entertaining and close in the early goings, but, by the end of the fourth stanza Quintana was visibly blowing and Cotto was beginning to close the range.