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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 June 2006, 05:41 GMT 06:41 UK
Cotto battles to retain WBO title
Miguel Cotto (L) battles to victory in New York
Cotto is now unbeaten in 27 fights
Miguel Cotto retained his WBO light welterweight title for the sixth time by outpointing a stubborn Paul Malignaggi in New York.

The Puerto Rican looked set for a simple win at Madison Square Garden after Malignaggi suffered a cut above his eye in the first round.

Malignaggi was then floored in the second but the Italian-American somehow managed to get back into the fight.

Cotto was given some problems but got the decision from all three judges.

Two gave him a 116-111 verdict while the third scored the fight 115-112.

"I'm happy with the decision. I didn't think it was going to be this tough," said Cotto, who is a possible future opponent for Britain's WBA welterweight champion Ricky Hatton.

But first, Cotto is set to fight former lightweight king Jose Luis Castillo of Mexico in November.



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