Antonio Margarito and the Most Badly Beaten Boxers in History
Nowadays, sports fans typically turn to MMA when they want to see two guys brutalize each other.
The photos of Strikeforce’s Fedor Emelianenko after he took on Antonio Silva are not hard to find, and serve as a prime example for how nasty an MMA battle can get.
Still, boxing was the first sport to have all out wars with guys hitting each other with everything they’ve got.
Some minor cuts and bruising are all but guaranteed when two fighters step into the ring with each other.
But every once and a while, it looks like one of the fighters got bashed in the face with a tire iron, plain and simple.
This list will revisit some of the most devastating battle wounds incurred in the ring. Let us take a look at who made the cut.
Antonio Margarito, 2010
Margarito got simply demolished by “The Punching Pride of the Philippines” Manny Pacquiao in their November 13th showdown last year.
Margarito connected with a few solid punches here and there, but that was simply no match for Pacquiao’s incredibly quick combinations.
When it was all said and done, Pacquiao won the WBC World Super Welterweight title from Margarito by unanimous decision, despite giving up 17 pounds.
The “Tijuana Tornado” was certainly the worse for wear after the fight, as Margarito suffered a fractured right orbital bone.
Initially, the surgery needed to be postponed for three days since the swelling was too severe for doctors to operate
Miguel Cotto, 2008
Let us not call Margarito a subpar boxer based on taking a beating from Pacquiao; he has dealt out his fair share of punishment in his day as well.
Look no further than his July showdown with Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand arena for evidence of this.
Cotto came in as the number one ranked welterweight in the world, but Margarito, the fourth ranked welterweight at the time, was up for the challenge.
The fight is not referred to as “The Battle” for no reason, as it was an all out slugfest that saw both fighters show tons of heart.
Cotto eventually got knocked down in the eleventh and got up, but his trainer and uncle, Evangelista Cotto, threw in the towel after he stumbled and went down again.
Margarito had cut Cotto over his left eye, and also bloodied his nose. As anyone reading this can see, Cotto wore a prominent crimson mask by the conclusion of the fight.
Ricky Hatton Vs. Jonathan Thaxton, 2000
Anyone who remembers this fight knows that it is nearly impossible to say who looked worse by the sound of the final bell.
While Hatton won the twelve round unanimous decision, As well as the vacant BBB of C British Light Welterweight title, he was every bit as bloody as Thaxton by the bout’s end.
Both men incurred so much damage in this war within the ring; the ref easily could have stopped either fighter for the nasty cuts they were sporting in the later rounds.
Hatton decided to get plastic surgery after the fight, which also allegedly made him less susceptible for cuts for a while.
Henry Cooper, 1963
A throwback for modern fans, Cooper was well on his way to delivering Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, his first career loss in his 19th professional fight.
Cooper claims he placed lead in his boots prior to weigh-ins, just so he could clear could crack the heavyweight minimum to take on Clay.
Allegedly 27 pounds lighter than Ali the day of the fight, he still took the fight to his much larger opponent, and had Clay out on his feet at the end of round four.
Clay attacked Cooper’s cuts aggressively at the start of the fifth, causing blood to gush and the ref to stop the fight.
The fight was controversial so Clay’s long time trainer, Angelo Dundee, is thought to have used smelling salts to revive Clay in between the fourth and fifth rounds.
He also bought his fighter some time by having Clay switch gloves in between rounds, due to a tear in his original gloves.
While Cooper was almost the first man to down Muhammad Ali, he suffered quite a beating in a process.
Francisco Lorenzo, 2008
Lorenzo won one of the most disputed fights of all time on June 28th of 2008. The bout was against Humberto Soto, and was for the then vacant WBC Super Featherweight title.
Soto was simply demolishing Lorenzo, breaking his opponents nose and opening a severe cut over his right eye.
Gushing blood, Soto mercifully put Lorenzo to the canvas two times in the fourth round. However, after lengthy debate with the ringside officials, referee Joe Cortez disqualified Soto for hitting Lorenzo after he was down.
WBC President Jose Sulaiman called the decision a “gross injustice”, and although the decision was not overturned, Lorenzo was not awarded the belt for his lackluster effort.
Lorenzo certainly did not look or fight like a champion on this occasion, and Soto rightfully claimed the belt after beating Gamaliel Diaz in October of the same year.
Vitali Klitschko, 2003
Klitschko was giving WBC, IBO, and The Ring heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis all he could handle during the early rounds of their bout back in June 21st of 2003.
However, Lewis opened a massive cut above Klitschko’s left eye in the third round, which progressively got worse until ringside Dr. Paul Wallace deemed Klitschko unfit to continue.
As anyone who sees this picture will agree, the injury the elder Klitschko brother sustained is a sight offered reserved for horror films, as opposed to the boxing ring.
The proverbial salt in the wound came in the fact that Klitschko was leading 58-56 on all three judges score cards.
The gruesome injury forced the Ukrainian heavyweight to receive sixty stitches, and redemption was never an option for Vitali as Lewis retired approximately seven months later.
Arturo Gatti, 2000
Arturo Gatti was known for incurring a lot of damage during his fights, and his bout against Joe Hutchinson on September 8th of 2000 was no exception.
Gatti delivered Hutchinson the first professional loss of his career, entering the fight with 18 wins and two draws.
While Gatti won a comfortable unanimous decision on the score cards, he definitely took some hard shots in this one.
Hutchinson busted open Gatti directly on his left eyelid, leaving blood gushing, as well as his vision impaired, for a good portion of the fight.
This is just one example of Gatti proving his nearly unfathomable toughness.