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12.11.2007 Boxing

Cotto Defeats Mosley

By Daily Guide

Unbeaten WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (31-0, 25 KOs) won a 12 round unanimous decision over former three-time world champion Shane Mosley (44-5, 37 KOs) on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Cotto landed the better shots in round one and most of round two. However Mosley landed some good rights at the end of the second.

Both landed big shots in round three with Cotto momentarily rocked by a right hand. More good exchanges in the fourth, with a slight edge to Cotto.

Round five was close, but Cotto appeared to be taking control in the sixth. Mosley adjusted and tried boxing from the outside in a sloppy seventh round.

The boxing continued in the eighth as Mosley moved and Cotto pursued. Mosley hurt Cotto in the ninth round but Cotto fought back gamely at the end of the round.

Mosley dominated the first half of the 10th, but Cotto rallied in the second half. Mosley pressed in the 11th, but Cotto landed some great counterpunches to win the round.

Possibly thinking he had won the fight, Cotto was staying out of range in the 12th, although he landed two good rights. Scores were 115-113, 115-113, 116-113.