Mayweather Vs Cotto | Undercard and Co-Main Event ResultsWritten by Sam Gregory
Undercard results for HBO's televised portion of Ring Kings: Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Miguel Cotto
Quintana KO 6 Latimore
In last night's first bout of the highly anticipated Mayweather-Cotto fight on HBO pay-per-view, southpaw Carlos Quintana (29-3, 23 KO) scored a knockout at 2:19 of round six over the heavily favored DeAndre Latimore (23-4, 17 KO). A hard left-hand ended matters, flooring a badly hurt Latimore who did not beat the count.
"This was a good night for Puerto Rico," said Quintana after the fight.
Vargas UD 10 Forbes
In the second bout of the evening, undefeated welterweight Jessie Vargas (19-0, 9 KO) won a 10 round unanimous decision over 15 year veteran Steve Forbes (35-11, 11 KO). The official scorecards over ten rounds were 100-90, 97-93 and 99-91- all for the winner, Jessie Vargas.
Forbes, who entered the bout as a late replacement for Alfonso Gomez, was noticeably past his peak but still crafty enough to give his opponent a good workout. Vargas' accurate jab and flurries often forced the veteran on the defensive. And when Forbes managed to launch his attacks, Vargas showcased his ability to avoided Forbes' counters by moving out of position and blocking shots with his gloves.
During the Vargas-Forbes bout, Miguel Cotto walked in the arena hand-in-hand with his wife. Oddly, he witnessed part of the undercard and conversed with fans prior to getting laced-up.
Alvarez UD 12 Mosley
In the co-main event, 21 year old undefeated Saul Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KO) successfully defended his WBC light middleweight title against 40 year old six-time world champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KO).
The fighters, especially Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez,' started slowly in the opening round in what could have been viewed a 'feeling-out' process. But in the second round, Alvarez increased the tempo and started to execute his fight plan. The young champion landed several hard body shots followed by brutal head shots that snapped the veteran challenger's head back.
In the third round, Alvarez suffered a cut just above his left eye as a result of an accidental headbutt. Nevertheless, from that point on Alvarez was in complete control of the fight.
In the fifth, Alvarez again increased his punch output, landing hard shots to Mosley's head that rocked the challenger once again. In the sixth, the combatants traded shots in the center of the ring with Canelo, again, getting the better of his 40 year old opponent.
By the end of the seventh round, Mosley's face started to show the signs of a beating as Alvarez landed a whopping 30 of 50 (60%) power shots in that round. Throughout the rest of the fight, Alvarez routinely landed more than half his power shots - a rarity in boxing.
By the championship rounds, Alvarez appeared to be landing punches at-will and continued showing little respect for Mosley's power. But to his credit, Mosley remained game until the end. In the twelfth and final round, Alvarez looked to close the show in devastating fashion but Mosley hung tough, ending the bout on his feet and respectfully.
The judges' scorecards read 119-109, 118-110 and 119-109 in favor of the winner, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
Sam Gregory has been a professional boxing writer since 2002 for publications such as BoxingTalk.com, Boxing Digest, EastsideBoxing.com The Cyberboxing Zone, StraightJab.com, boxingnews24.com and TheSweetScience.com. He has covered numerous fights and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the sport.
As a member of the International Boxing Research Organization, Gregory specializes in boxing history, and contributes regularly to that organization's quarterly publication. He is the author of numerous biographical articles about legendary fighters, classic match-ups, memorable boxing trilogies and other subjects.
He started covering live boxing matches for the website, "Boxingtalk" in February of 2002. The first live event he covered was the Bernard Hopkins-Carl Daniels fight on February 2nd, 2002 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He also wrote several boxing related articles, interviews with boxers and trainers for Boxingtalk.
Among some of the interviews he's done was an interview with Kermit Cintron when he trained at Kings Gym in Reading. He interviewed and wrote an article about the trainers of Wrecking Crew Boxing, Norm Bagi and Lenny De Jesus in New York City. Sam visited Norm and Lenny when they were working out of a gym in the Bronx to photograph them and some of the fighters they were training. 2 or 3 separate articles came out of that one visit, including interviews with and about foreign boxers coming to the U.S. He also wrote a profile for one of their female boxers from the U.K. in order to help obtain an athletes visa for her.
All together he covered about a dozen live events as a correspondent from February of 02' thru the following year, 03'.
The first article he published in Boxing Digest was in the October 02' issue. The article was with Bernard Hopkins at ringside and the questions Sam asked him about up-coming fights, his career, etc...
Sam had about seven more articles published in Boxing Digest until they folded in 2010. The other articles were interviews with fighters, match-ups for up-coming fights and an article about Lennox Lewis at the time of his retirement. The last article he wrote for Boxing Digest was a profile of Jose' Torres when he passed away in 2009.
Sam is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization and has written several articles for their quarterly publication along with participating in the pound for pound weight class ratings for their website. IBRO also held their own Hall-of-Fame voting this year which he also participated in.
He wrote articles and stories for The Sweet Science website from early 04' until the spring of 05'. He was paid in advance by TSS to write 20 articles of my choice about anything regarding boxing from a historical point of view. He wrote biographies, stories about great fight trilogies, match-ups, etc... The Sweet Science had him do an interview with Sharmba Mitchell in 2004 before his second fight with Kostya Tszyu. That interview was also posted on Showtime's website.
Since he wrote his first article for Boxingtalk in February 02', he had articles about upcoming fights, interviews with boxers, trainers and promoters, along with covering boxing matches on TV and live events. published on several boxing websites including, Eastsideboxing, StraightJab.com, BoxingInsider.com, The Cyberboxingzone, aneutralcorner.com and boxingnews24.com. He also had articles and letters published in Boxing Digest and KO magazines.