Miguel Cotto vs Joshua Clottey - Cotto won via split decision

"I can't believe it,'' Clottey said. "I quit. I'm out of boxing. I'm never fighting again."

Top Rank's Bob Arum, who promotes both fighters, tried to console Clottey by assuring him that his performance was outstanding.

"It was a close fight," Arum said. "I told Clottey that he shouldn't talk like that, that he has to continue boxing."

Cotto's short left managed to knock Clottey off his feet just before the bell to end the first round. Clottey got up quickly, stunned but more angered with himself after being knocked off his feet for the first time in his career.

Just before the end of the third round, an inadvertent head butt opens nasty gash over Cotto's left eye.

That gave Clottey an opening and he came on strong in the fourth, landing left hooks to the body and head.

Clottey continued to do serious damage in the fifth, but was thrown off stride and down to the canvas by a Cotto move that looked more like MMA than boxing. It took Clottey about 20 seconds before he got up and the fight continued, but Clottey said his knee felt the effects of the fall the rest of the fight. - I'm lazy today please continue reading at HBO Boxing.

I'll post a video replay of this fight if I found one.

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