Undefeated WBA welterweight champ Miguel Cotto (30-0) scored the biggest win of his career with an eleventh round TKO of Zab Judah (34-5) before a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York. The bout was everything fight fans had hoped for with back and forth action throughout. Judah hurt Cotto several times early in the bout but also found himself on the canvas in the first and third as a result of low blows. While the first was borderline, the second was clearly low and cost Cotto a point. Judah drew boos from the pro-Cotto crowd as he overacted to each shot -- rolling around the ring in apparent agony.
As the fight progressed, Cotto steadily moved forward and outworked Judah. Both fighters absorbed a great deal of punishment -- Cotto bled from the mouth from the fourth round on and both fighters sustained cuts over their right eyes. Judah's right eye began to swell shut and he was forced to take a knee in the ninth to escape Cotto's advances. Judah continued to take a beating but - to his credit - never quit and never resorted to fouling as he did against Floyd Mayweather once he knew he was beaten. Cotto floored Judah in the eleventh and continued his assault once Judah rose to his feet, forcing referee Arthur Mercante Jr. to jump in and stop the fight. Cotto led 97-91 on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage.
Next up for Cotto may be a unification bout with the winner of the July 14 title fight between Antonio Margarito and Paul Williams. Beyond that, if fight fans get their wish, Cotto may get a shot at pound-for-pound champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. in what could produce a much more entertaining bout than Mayweather - De La Hoya.
On the undercard, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. avenged his father's final loss with a third-round KO of Grover Wiley. Also, super featherweight Humberto Soto stopped Bobby Pacquiao, Manny's brother, in round seven.