Just a few months ago, Paul Williams vacated the WBO welterweight belt making way for Miguel Cotto and Michael Jennings, the No 1 and No 2 contenders respectively to fight for the vacant belt.
Jennings, a couple of inches taller than Cotto, came all the way from Lancashire, UK to fight in boxing's Mecca, Madison Square Garden.
Cotto, who was visibly bigger and stronger than his opponent, was fighting for the first time since his only loss to Antonio Margarito last year in which he took a lot of punishment. He began the fight with Jennings cautiously taking his time probably hoping to gain back some confidence.
In this, his first championship fight, Jennings was being smart moving to his left to avoid Cotto's left hooks.
This isn't something you typically do against an orthodox fighter but in this case Cotto carries his power mostly in his left since he is a natural southpaw.
Jennings threw his jab often but didn't seem to land as much as he would have liked. His straight hands were going over Cotto's head - because of his crouching style. Cotto also carries his hands high whereas Jennings stands up a little too straight.
In the fourth round, Jennings threw a left-right combination that landed but he got caught with a left hook to the chin rocking him just a few seconds later. That was followed by a left hook to the body which put him down.
Jennings obtained massive knowledge even in defeat. Cotto is back. He won another belt and regained confidence, putting him back on the radar.
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Jennings got to his feet but Cotto was moving in landing more hooks and then another left hook landed to Jennings' body putting him down once more. He had guts to get back up again and finished the round.
Cotto was stalking his opponent now and in the fifth round he put Jennings down for the third time with lefts and rights. They weren't damaging shots but Jennings had taken enough and the referee called a halt to the fight.
Jennings may not have the world experience nor the skills or strength for Cotto but he came to New York to fight in front of an arena full of opposing Puerto Rican fans and showed heart, determination and a will to win.
He didn't walk away with a victory but he found out what it's like to be at the pinnacle of his sport. He obtained massive knowledge even in defeat.
Cotto is back. He won another belt and regained confidence putting him back on the radar.
He says he'll fight anybody in the welterweight division - and a hot division it is!
What next for Cotto? And indeed, what next for Jennings? Let Wayne know your view by filling in the feedback form below...
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Aaron Cooper says...
Some of the articles make me laugh. A figher has one good fight and he's back on the world seen. Im talking about the guy who said Mosley vs Cotto. Mosely was heading out and a confirmed drugs cheat, he puts in a good performance and all of a sudden he's one of the best. And the guy that sadi Hatton would lose to Cotto needs to open his eyes. Cotto has power and skill but there are much better out there pacman, hatton, mayweather jr even magarito would all beat him. Malignaggi went 12 rounds with him a fighter Hatton had running scared and would of KO had he kept his head above waist height. Cotto needs to go for one of the above
Posted 13:01 26th February 2009
Rob Kidde says...
I like to start by saying i'm a MASSIVE Hatton fan & i'm backing him to grind down pac-man, but cotto would KO hatton for sure! there isnt a doubt in my mind, he's faster stronger, bigger & a better boxer, he would smash Hatton up for the whole fight & KO mid to late rounds
Posted 14:35 25th February 2009
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