Photos by Mike McGuigan
On December 2, 2006 – Top Rank Boxing and the Showtime network came to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City to treat the fans to a night of Welterweight fights, offering four of the divisions very best squaring off against each other in the primary bouts of the evening.
The Main Event was a battle between two highly rated, undefeated Puerto Rican contenders with Miguel Cotto (27-0, 22 KOs) making his 147 pound debut against the highly regarded Carlos Quintana (22-0, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBA title which was recently vacated by Ricky Hatton.
This fight was thought to be a stern test for Cotto to see if he can hang with the big boys in this division. When the bell sounded, this one turned out to be a one-sided shellacking where Cotto branded himself as an elite fighter.
Things started out as expected with the traditionally slick Quintana playing the role of the boxer while the banging Cotto pushed forward, looking to quickly get on the inside.
Quintana would fire off the jabs as his younger opponent approached. His accuracy was decent though the power was not enough to stop the incoming charge.