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Newz Forum: BOXING: Jose Cotto Wins Lightweight Boxing Title

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posted on May, 15 2004 @ 02:27 AM
Jose Cotto of Puerto Rico stopped substitute opponent Luis Lizarraga of Mexico at 2:27 of the first round to win the vacant International Boxing Council lightweight title Friday night.

The 26-year-old Cotto, the older brother of WBA No. 1 super lightweight contender Miguel Cotto, improved to 23-0 with one of the quickest of his 16 knockouts.

Cotto knocked Lizarraga, a last-minute replacement for Luis Fuente, off balance with a looping left at the start, then landed a right to the body and a left to the jaw. Minutes later, three left hands drove Lizarraga to the ropes. He then dropped to his right knee and took a 10-count from referee Bobby Ferrara.

On the undercard, unbeaten Phoenix teenager Jesus Gonzales won a unanimous decision over Francisco Mendez of Mexico - only the second of his nine bouts to go the distance - but Frankie Gonzales, his younger brother, lost his professional debut on a technical knockout.

Frankie Gonzales, whose glove touched the canvas after a left by Mike Williams of Monroe, La., was waiting for the second round when his corner threw in the towel.

Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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