COTTO TOO MUCH FOR GOMEZ TO HANDLE

NEW YORK - Miguel Cotto retained his WBA welterweight championship with a fifth-round technical knockout against Alfonso Gomez in Atlantic City on Saturday.

NEW YORK - Miguel Cotto retained his WBA welterweight championship with a fifth-round technical knockout against Alfonso Gomez in Atlantic City on Saturday.

Cotto was dominant throughout, landing punches almost at will against Gomez. He was credited with a knockdown near the end of round two, though television replays suggested it was a slip.

There was no doubt about the next knockdown with Gomez crumpling in the corner after a left uppercut to the stomach. Gomez was knocked down again after a left jab in the fifth and at the end of the round referee Randy Newman halted the contest on the advice of the ringside physician.

Cotto improved to 32-0 with 26 knockouts and is expected to fight next on July 26, against Mexico's Antonio Margarito, who knocked out Kermit Cintron to win the IBF title on the same card. - Reuters

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