SAN DIEGO, June 6, 2014 – Tension between middleweights Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto has been on a steady simmer leading up to tonight’s bout at Madison Square Garden in New York. Fans will get to watch it boil over as the pair fight for Martinez’s world title on HBO Pay Per View. The televised bouts begins at 9 p.m. ET.
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Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs), is the natural middleweight, a southpaw, three inches taller with a six inch longer reach than Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs). The pair agreed to fight at a catch weight of 159 pounds. At Friday’s weigh-in, Cotto weighed in at 155 pounds, Martinez at 158.8 pounds. Martinez appeared far bigger than Cotto on the stage. The pair engaged in a long, tense faceoff with Martinez leaning in toward the smaller Cotto. Game on.
Martinez has the edge in size over Cotto, and he may have the edge in his desire to win and put Cotto in his proper place. Both are proud men who don’t let slights and insults roll off their backs. Cotto will be encouraged by the screaming Boricua fans in New York.
If Martinez is in solid physical shape, he should be able to beat Cotto with ease.
The pay per view includes three televised undercard bouts: Featherweights Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (23-3-1, 19 KOs) vs. Marvin Sonsona (18-1-1, 15 KOs); junior middleweights: Jorge Melendez (28-3-1, 26 KOs) vs. Javier Maciel (28-3, 20 KOs); and junior middleweights: Andy Lee (32-2, 22 KOs) vs. John Jackson (18-1, 15 KOs). These are all 10 round fights.
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Cotto vs. Martinez airs on HBO PPV along with three televised undercard fights on Saturday, June 7, at 9 p.m. ET.
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