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article imageMiguel Cotto stops Delvin Rodriguez via 3rd round TKO

By Leo Reyes     Oct 6, 2013 in Sports
Puerto Rican boxing idol Miguel Cotto stopped Delvin Rodriguez of Dominican Republic in the third round of their junior middleweight bout at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
Cotto was clearly the aggressor from the first round up to the end of the fight. In the second round the Puerto Rican star caught Rodriguez with a hard left-and-right combo that stunned the longtime title contender, looking dazed and disoriented at the sound of the bell.
Rodriguez failed to regain his composure from the Cotto's early assault as he looked still disoriented at the sound of the bell to signal the start of the third round.
Cotto took advantage of the situation and attacked Rodriguez with power left hook that sent him staggering into the ropes as Cotto followed it up with left and right combinations, forcing the referee to stop the fight early in the third round.
Cotto, who is coming off two straight losses since winning his rematch against Antonio Margarito in 2011, is now looking at a very lucrative fight against Sergio Martinez of Argentina early next year.
The win by Cotto over Rodriguez marked his first under Trainer Freddie Roach, who took over from Cotto's former trainer Pedro Diaz.
Roach, who also trains Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao, said his plan is for Cotto to attack Rodriguez's body first, which Cotto did, but the end came earlier than expected.
"Anyone who lays on the ropes against Cotto is a dead fighter," Roach said. "We started with the body first to wear him down. Our plan was to break him down with body shots."
For his part, Cotto gave credit to Roach, saying the victory was a product of hard work with the hall of fame trainer.
"I felt the power go right through my arm. I hit him flush," Cotto said. "Thank you, Freddie Roach. This all started in my first day of training camp with Freddie Roach. All of this is from hard work with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card. It all came together.
"I just wanted to make me and everyone happy with my performance. It feels good bringing it back to basics, fighting back at grassroots level."
Cotto lost his WBO welterweight title to Pacquiao in 2009 via TKO but he gave Pacquiao a tough match all throughout fight. It was a classic fight and one of the most lucrative matches for Bob Arum's Top Rank Promotions.
With Cotto's signing up with Roach, the thought of having Pacquiao and Cotto in a rematch seems to have faded as he could not possibly be at the corner of both fighters all at the same time during the fight. Read more
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