Last week saw very few boxing matches and only one stood out among them, the clash between Middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and Australian Daniel Geale. Cotto has been inactive for almost a year since his victory over Sergio Martinez, from whom he took the belt last June, while Geale is coming of a victory over fellow Aussie Jarrod Fletcher.
The fight was of much importance as not only was it for the WBC and The Ring Middleweight titles it was also a platform for Miguel Cotto to prove he should be considered to be in the same class as of fellow Middleweights Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.
From the start it was clear that Cotto didn’t have any ring rust, attacking Geale with a left hook to the body and following it up with a left uppercut later in the round which seemed to bother Geale. The following rounds seemed to tell the same story with Cotto attacking Geale’s body with good left hooks and jabs while Geale was trying to score through occasional glancing right hands.
Moments before the end of the 3rd round Cotto landed a beautiful straight right which rocked Geale and sent him to the ropes, the real onslaught started in the 4th when Cotto landed a beautiful left hook to Geale’s Jaw which knocked him down and when Geale got up he found himself against the ropes taking body and head shots from Cotto.
Geale tried to fight back but got caught with a counter right which knocked him down for the second time and when he got up he was unable to continue which signalled the end of the match. According to Compubox stats Cotto lead Geale in almost everything from punches thrown(183-127) to punches landed(68-33).
Cotto in the post fight interview, thanked trainer Freddie Roach for his resurgence and to a question of wether he would fight Canelo Alvarez next he seemed very positive and said that he will be back in training for the Canelo fight after spending time with his family.
Who’s next for Cotto?
Since Cotto has given a hint that he is open to a fight with Canelo Alvarez it’s safe to think that it might well be his next, but this scenario has happened in the past with Canelo and Cotto coming close to a mega fight but falling out at the last minute. Canelo will certainly be a step up in class and is the younger among the two.
Cotto is undefeated since he hired Freddie Roach as his trainer and has certainly improved under him, his win over former champion Sergio Martinez is a testament to that. Canelo vs Cotto would be one of the biggest matches in terms of revenue and viewership if it takes place with both fighters having a good fan base.