History | Dec 02 2018

On This Day: Miguel Cotto batters Carlos Quintana in welterweight debut

Jack Webb looks back on Miguel Cotto's win over countryman Carlos Quintana
Miguel Cotto
Miguel Cotto  |  Action Images/Reuters/Jeff Zelevansky

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.

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