posted on Sep, 11 2004 @ 11:48 AM
Stay tuned tonight to sportznewz starting @10:15pm ET/PT for LIVE COVERAGE of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK from the Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in Puerto Rico.
Miguel Cotto (20-0, 16KO's) battles Kelson Pinto (20-0, 18KO's) in the MAIN EVENT scheduled for 12 Rounds for the VACANT WBO Light Welterweight
Championship of the World. Also Daniel Santos-Pena (28-2-1, 20KO's) defends his WBO Light Middleweight Title against Antonio Margarito (30-3,
COMPUBOX ANALYSIS - MIGUEL COTTO vs. KELSON PINTO
Someone's 0 must go. Cotto, 20-0, 16 ko's, is a 3-1 favorite according to Wallstreet.com Sportsbook in search of his first world title, on his home
turf, vs. the six-foot Pinto (20-0, 18 ko's), who defeated Cotto in the amateurs.
Cotto gained valuable experience in his last outing (W 12), vs. late sub Lovemore Ndou, who came on in the late rounds vs. the visibly-tired Cotto.
The iron-chinned Ndou made Cotto fight, and Cotto responded by averaging 63 punches per round (the junior welterweight avg. is 63 per round), landing
26%. Cotto also averaged 21 jabs per round. Ndou, who was forced to hold a training session in his Atlantic City hotel room prior to his challenge of
Sharmba Mitchell in February (L 12), averaged 50 punches per round vs. Cotto, landing 23%. He also landed 35% of his power punches and won three of
the last four rounds on one judge's scorecard. Ndou nearly matched Cotto connect for connect in the last five rounds, as Cotto had just a 106-90 edge
and a slim 89-74 advantage in power connects over the last five frames. The fatigued Cotto did close the show by landing 28 of 90 total punches in
round 12, his high total for the fight in both departments. Ndou responded by landing 24 power shots in round 12-the most landed vs. Cotto in nine
fights tracked by CompuBox.
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COMPUBOX ANALYSIS - DANIEL SANTOS vs. ANTONIO MARGARITO
Rematch a pick-'em fight on Santos' turf. Santos defends his version of the 154-lb title He also held a vesion of the welterweight title, as did
Margarito. Late bloomer Margarito, hasn't lost in over 8 years. Their first meeting resulted in a first round no-contest after Margarito was unable to
continue after an accidental headbutt opened his right eyelid.
In June of 2003, the southpaw Santos averaged 27 jabs per round vs. then undefeated (15-0) Fulgencio Zuniga. Santos also landed 38% of his power
shots. Light-hitting Zuniga responded by landing 35% of his power shots (20 per round) vs. Santos, who was booed by his native fans for his lack of
Santos also had his way with the absorbent Yory Boy Campas in March of 2002. He landed half of his 37 jabs per round that allowed him to land half his
power shots as well. Campas, who stopped fighting after he was out of the fight and cut over his left eye by round 11, landed 40% of his meager output
of 45 punches per round. Campas also landed 45% of his power shots, stunning Santos on several occasions.
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[Edited on 11-9-2004 by Ocelot]