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Cotto hopes to avenge Olympics loss

When junior welterweight champ Miguel Cotto meets Muhammad Abdullaev on Saturday, he will try to avenge a 2000 Olympics loss – his last defeat.

Originally Published: June 9, 2005
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Amateur boxing is very different from the professional version, but those unpaid matches can resonate long into a fighter's pro career.

That is the case of Miguel Cotto vs. Muhammad Abdullaev, who will fight for Cotto's junior welterweight title Saturday night (HBO, 10 ET/PT) at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Also on the card: "Kid Diamond" Almazbek Raiymkulov (20-0, 12 KOs), originally from Kyrgyzstan but now based in Las Vegas, takes a huge step up in competition against slick former ...

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