Tonight, in a fight for the Middleweight Crown presented by Tecate Beer, slight underdog Miguel Cotto took the belt from its (now) former holder Sergio Martinez via beating him to a pulp. Martinez didn't come out of his corner to start the 10th round, giving Cotto the flashy way to keep his pants from sagging.
Going into the fight, Martinez was the (ever so) slight favorite, but the 5'10" southpaw had been getting knocked down in recent fights and is undoubtedly past his physical prime at age 39. Enter, Miguel Cotto who made the fight look like an utter mismatch. As we said Martinez had been getting knocked down early a lot recently and the First Round started with Cotto scoring three of those (four for the entire fight). By the Second Round things already looked to be in the bag for the 33-year-old Cotto. As you can guess, there was no miraculous turnaround, sometimes it's just not your day.
Bottom line: Eventually everybody shows their age. Tonight Sergio Martinez looked like a guy pushing 40 in a ring with a much younger/faster opponent. To simulate how he must've felt, pick a bunch of fights for your 39th birthday against world class competition. Afterwards you won't even remember who gave you that terrible advice. With this loss the Argentinian fighter was defeated for only the third time in his career. His professional record now stands at 51-3-2.
For Cotto, it's his fourth world championship in four different weight classes. A first for Puerto Rican fighters. He's now 39-4 with 32 KO's.