Cotto vs. Abdullaev

by Nathan Hamm on 6/12/2005

It’s pretty clear from just glancing at the above picture that Miguel Cotto got his revenge on Muhammad Abdullaev, who beat him in the 2000 Olympics on his way to a gold medal, at Madison Square Garden last night.

Miguel Cotto remained the undefeated WBO super lightweight champion Saturday night when his scheduled 12-round fight with Muhammad Abdullaev was stopped 57 seconds into the ninth round because the challenger’s right eye was completely shut.

The win at Madison Square Garden improved Cotto, of Puerto Rico, to 24-0 with 20 knockouts and avenged his loss to Abdullaev in the 2000 Olympics.

Abdullaev, ranked No. 5 by the WBO, lost for only the second time in 17 fights. He signaled for referee John Callas to stop the fight.

“He took a hard right to the eye in the sixth round,” said Fritz Sdunek, the head trainer of the 31-year-old native of Uzbekistan. “That’s when the trouble started and even though we kept applying ice, it kept getting worse.”

Cotto was leading on all the cards, 79-73 on two, 78-74 on the other.

The co-feature between Kyrgyzstan’s Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov and Joel Casamayor was a draw.

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