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Cotto vs. Abdullaev

 Casamayor vs. Raiymkulov

June 11, 2005

Madison Square Garden

New York, New York

10pm ET \ PT

 

 

HBO Boxing After Dark will showcase a Jr. welterweight showdown on June 11th when WBO champion

Miguel Cotto (23-0, 19 KOs) takes on light welterweight 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Muhammad

Abdullaev (15-1, 12 KOs). Also on the card, former WBA super featherweight champion Joel Casamayor

(31-3, 19 KOs) will battle undefeated Almazbek "Kid Diamond" Raiymkulov (20-0, 12 KOs) in lightweight

action.

 

Cotto will be looking to avenge his decision loss (17-7) to Abdullaev in the first round of the 2000 Olympic

games. Cotto is coming off a 5th round TKO win over DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley (29-4-1, 16 KOs)

this past February.

 

Abdullaev, who is the WBO inter-continental Jr. welterweight champion, is coming off a successful defense

of his title with a third round knockout over Juan Godoy (16-6-1, 4 KOs) this past February.

 

Casamayor will look to get back on the winning track as he is coming off 12 round split decision loss to then

WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (52-7-1, 46 KOs) last December (2004).

 

Raiymkulov has TKO'd his last four opponents within six rounds including the highly regarded and previously

unbeaten Koba Gogoladze (17-1, 7 KOs) - TKO in 6 this past March.

 

Line-up:

WBO Jr. Welterweight Title Bout (12 Rds)

Champion Miguel Cotto (23-0, 19 KOs) vs. Muhammad Abdullaev (15-1, 12 KOs)

 

Lightweight Bout (10 Rds)

Joel Casamayor (31-3, 19 KOs) vs. Almazbek "Kid Diamond" Raiymkulov (20-0, 12 KOs)

 

Card subject to change

 

(5/26/05)