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'Punisher' breaks down Cotto-Margarito

Updated: July 24, 2008, 2:55 PM ET
By Dan Rafael
LAS VEGAS -- One of the more interested bystanders to Saturday's big fight between welterweight titleholder Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito is Paul "The Punisher" Williams, who defeated Margarito to win a belt last summer.

After beating Margarito, with whom he once sparred, on a close decision, Williams lost his title in stunning-upset fashion in his first defense. Carlos Quintana, a former Cotto knockout victim, won a decision against him in February, but Williams turned the tables in the immediate rematch by scoring an overwhelming first-round knockout on June 7.

Although Williams (34-1, 25 KOs) has been exploring the possibility of moving up to middleweight -- there was an offer to challenge champion Kelly Pavlik that fell apart over money demands from the Williams camp, and there are talks about a fight with Winky Wright -- he is also interested in unifying titles with the winner of Saturday's fight.

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