In front of a huge crowd at Madison Square Garden, Miguel Angel Cotto claimed the vacant WBO welterweight championship with a big win over Michael Jennings.
Seven months ago, Cotto suffered the lone loss of his stellar career via devastating knockout at the hands of Antonio Margarito.
Saturday night, he send a message: He is back!
Cotto totally outclassed Jennings, proving that he was the better man. He was focused from start to finish.
He connected his punches on different angles, much like a surgeon dissecting his patient in the operating room.
After the fight, Jennings literally needed a surgeon.
Round one was the usual "sizing and measuring your opponent" kind of a round.
Rounds two and three saw Cotto as the aggressor although Jennings fought his way back. It was pretty evident that Cotto was having the better of the skirmishes. He was landing the more telling blows and crisper combinations.
Jennings on the other hand jabbed and ran, displaying lateral movement and seemed to look for that one big punch that will turn the tide in his favor.
At round four, Cotto switched to high gear, connecting his trademark left hooks at will. In the process, he caught Jennings with a beautiful uppercut that sent him to the canvas, to the delight of the pro-Cotto crowd.
Jennings still managed to get up, but he was again floored with a hard shot to the body. Nevertheless, he finished the fourth round.
Although Jennings survived the onslaught at round four. He couldn't possibly run away from the inevitable in round five.
With Cotto all pumped up, he again connected a picture perfect left hook that sent Jennings down for the third and last time.
The referee called it to a halt at the 2:36 mark of the fifth round.
With the win, Cotto improved to 33-1-0 (27 KO's) and is looking for bigger fights in the future, preferably a showdown with the WBA champion Shane Mosley or a mega-fight against the winner of the May 2 encounter between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton.
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