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Boxing Result

Cotto edges Clottey!

Calderon keeps belt with tech draw
Photo: Ed Mulholland

Photo: Ed Mulholland

By Matt Richardson and Andreas Hale at ringside

WBO welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto (33-1, 27 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over Joshua Clottey (35-2, 21 KOs) to keep his world title on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cotto dropped Clottey with a jab at the end of the first round, but suffered a bad cut over the left eye from an accidental head butt in round three. Cotto’s face was a bloody mask in the fourth, but he still outworked Clottey in the fourth round. Clottey landed some good rights in the fifth, but suffered an injury to his left knee when pushed off by Cotto. Cotto had a big round six punishing Clottey in the corner. Clottey turned the tables in rounds seven and eight as Cotto had difficulty seeing the right hand. The rest of the fight was close as Cotto boxed from the outside. Scores were 115-112, 116-111 for Cotto, 114-113 for Clottey.
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WBO mini flyweight champion Ivan Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) and challenger Rodel Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) fought to a six round technical draw. The fight was stopped due to a cut from an accidental headbutt in the sixth round. Judges scored the fight 58-56 Calderon, 58-56 Mayol, 57-57. Earlier, an accidental clash of heads in round four opened up a cut on Calderon’s forehead. Two more headbutts in the fifth worsened the cut. In the sixth round the cut reopened from either a punch or another butt (unclear) and doctors advised to stop the fight at 1:50 in the sixth round. Under WBO rules the fight goes to the scorecards (including the sixth round).
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Featherweight Rafael Guzman (22-1, 16 KOs) beat Juan Carlos Martinez (14-10-1, 5 KOs) via six round split decision (58-56 Martinez, 59-55 Guzman, 58-56 Guzman)
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Middleweight Glen Tapia (3-0, 2 KOs) outpointed David Lopez (3-2-1) via four round unanimous decision (40-36 twice and 39-37)
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Super bantamweight Jorge Diaz (9-0, 5 KOs) defeated Guadalupe De Leon (7-7, 4 KOs) via unanimous decision (58-54, 59-53 twice). Diaz dropped De Leon two times in the first round.
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Lightweight Alberto Cruz (5-0, 4 KOs) defeated Rudy Valdez via TKO after Valdez (2-5) failed to answer the bell at the start of round three.
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Super bantamweight Jayson Velez (9-0, 8 KOs) defeated Jesus Beron (5-2, 4 KOs) via TKO at :33 in round four.




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