Foul Play: Cotto Takes Judah In Ugly 11th Round TKO

Cotto Keeps His “O” Many of the questions coming into tonight are now answered regarding the allegdedly ‘sheltered’ Miguel Cotto (30-0, 25KO’s). Most believed that he was not ready for such a showdown against an ‘A’ grade fighter but tonight he removed all doubts as he took a lickin’ and kept on tickin’. Zab Judah (34-5, 25KO’s) came out strong as he took the first two rounds easily but Cotto found his range in the third round and slowly began to walk the slick Judah down as the fight continued. Cotto had a point deducted in the fight for two very low blows, one in particular that sent Judah reeling to the deck in agony. Judah was able to continue to fight but one has to questions whether or not the effects of two well planted, (yet believed to be unintentional), low blows took some of the steam from Judah. Ugly or not, it was a “W”, and one the could not have come at a better time for Cotto as his management team gets set to determine what’s next for the new “Pride of Puerto Rico”. The fight was stopped with :49 seconds remaining in the 11th round. Taking All Comer’s Alot of big names are out there and from the sounds of it, Cotto isn’t dodging any of them. Among the names on the horizon is freak of nature Paul Williams, his next opponent, who was scheduled to fight Cotto before Boxing Politics got involved, (Antonio Margarito), and of course, Pound 4 Pound Champ, Floyd Mayweather Jr. Margarito is the expected challenger if he can get past Paul Williams on July 14th, but expect to see Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his camp setup a fight with the youngster in an attempt to solidify his legacy before trying to walk off in the sunset. Mayweather Jr. recently took apart Boxing’s “Goldenboy”, Oscar Dela Hoya, who most felt was on the downside of his prime. What better way to solidify a (in the eyes of harsh critics) questionable legacy by beating a premiere boxer who is well on his way to becoming the welterweight division’s man to beat. It’ll be interesting to keep an eye on the developments from both camps. All we know so far is that Mayweather’s camp said that he will be back in the ring come November, despite his recent comments leaning towards retirement. Now the focus shifts to Cotto and his camp as the Boxing world awaits.

About Tim Starks

Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board ( He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.