Cotto defeats Malignaggi!

By Ray Campbell, Cara Castronuova and Socrates Palmer Jr


Cotto defeats Malignaggi!

In front of 14,369 at Madison Square Garden, junior welterweight champion Miguel Cotto successfully defended his title against a game Paul Malignaggi. Cotto scored a knockdown in round two and consistently landing the harder punches throughout the bout en route to a 115-112, 116-111, 116-111 unanimous decision victory.

Notre Dame All American safety Tommy Z needed just 49 seconds to stop Robert Bell in his pro-debut.

Middleweight up and comer John Duddy remained undefeated with a workmanlike seven round battering of Freddie Cuevas. Although the official announcement stated on the advice of the fighters corner, it appeared Cuevas made the decision to call it a night himself.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr remains undefeated with a second round stoppage over overmatched Aaron Drake. Chavez Jr appeared to be in prime form despite going through some difficulties on scale Friday afternoon.

Bobby Pacquiao may have (hopefully) knocked former world champion Kevin Kelley into retirement with a four round drubbing of the once great Flushing Flash, who certainly would have had little trouble with Pacquiao in his prime.

Curtis Stevens avoided going to cards for the third time in his career by stopping Eric "Hurricane" Howard with four seconds left in their scheduled six rounder. Stevens improves to 13-0 (11).

Peter Quillin destroyed the overmatched Ed O'Neal in 93 seconds. Quillin improves to 5-0 (4)

Juan Manuel Lopez improved to 12-0 by handing Sergio Mendez the first loss of his professional career via shutout. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 for Lopez.