Eddie Cotton

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  1. Hookandjab

    Hookandjab Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I remember watching Eddie Cotton
    Get robbed in his right with Jose Torres
    Whatever happened to him? I know Foster kod him. Is he still alive?
     
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  2. TBooze

    TBooze Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    This maybe a starting point:

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  3. scartissue

    scartissue Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Hook, I always heard that Cotton had been robbed, so I found the fight on youtube earlier this year and scored it. I found it to be a very close fight. This is what I wrote at the time:

    Guys, I just scored another tough one. The Jose Torres v Eddie Cotton light heavyweight championship contest over 15 rounds. Good quality video, but man, it's like there were so many close rounds on what one is looking for. Here we go, Nevada's 5 point scoring system.

    Round 1: 5-4 Torres
    Round 2: 5-5 Even
    Round 3: 5-4 Torres
    Round 4: 5-4 Torres
    Round 5: 5-5 Even
    Round 6: 5-4 Cotton
    Round 7: 5-4 Cotton
    Round 8: 5-4 Torres
    Round 9: 5-4 Torres
    Round 10: 5-4 Cotton
    Round 11: 5-4 Torres
    Round 12: 5-5 Even
    Round 13: 5-4 Cotton
    Round 14: 5-5 Even
    Round 15: 5-4 Torres

    Total: 71-68 Torres

    Actual scores: 70-67, 68-67 and 69-67 all for Torres

    Cotton had a right to feel like he was jobbed - as he was 40 and had been in the game close to 20 years - but in reality, although a really good effort, I just think he needed to fight with more fire. Whether it wasn't in the tank or it simply wasn't his style, he just came up a bit shy on my score. But having said that, I did have 4 even rounds, which will tell you how close this fight was. I suppose I was more impressed with Torres' punching power in this case rather than the sort of soft-jabbing of Cotton. But Cotton was a canny sort and was good inside, so one has to weigh everything.
     
  4. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Later he became a referee.
     
  5. Saintpat

    Saintpat Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Reffed Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson among others. I knew I recognized the name but looking at his record I hadn’t seen him fight ... but this explains it.

    Sadly, he died a couple months ago of coronavirus:

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  6. klompton2

    klompton2 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Eddie Cotton the boxer was not Eddie Cotton the referee. The boxer died in 1990. The referee died earlier this year.
     
  7. Berlenbach

    Berlenbach Boxing Addict Full Member

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    That was a different Eddie Cotton. The one who fought Jose Torres and co was not the one refereeing fights in the 90s.
     
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  8. Saintpat

    Saintpat Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    My mistake. Thanks for the correction.
     
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  9. greynotsoold

    greynotsoold Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I thought that they were the same guy up until the referee passed and I realized he wasn't old enough to be the fighter.
     
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  10. William Walker

    William Walker Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Funny, I thought they were one and the same, but checked that the boxer died in '90. I kept thinking to myself, "I know the ref did a fight in the mid 90s (that I've seen)!"
     
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  11. klompton2

    klompton2 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Cotton the fighter was a journeyman back when that label was a compliment not an insult. He really knew his craft and could fight. He may not have been an all time great but those kind of guys are what make the greats great. They are the lifeblood of the sport.
     
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  12. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I stand corrected, thanks for the info.
     
  13. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I also stand corrected, my mistake, thanks for the info.
     
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  14. TBooze

    TBooze Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    It is such a common mistake that boxrec put the link in for the ref, in the boxers summary!