Boxing results: Cotto pounds Geale, heads for Canelo Alvarez matchup

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Miguel Cotto got little challenge from Daniel Geale, stopping him with ease in the fourth round Saturday. Photo: Courtesy Roc Nation
Miguel Cotto got little challenge from Daniel Geale, stopping him with ease in the fourth round Saturday. Photo: Courtesy Roc Nation

SAN DIEGO, June 7, 2014 – Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico made quick work of his bout in Brooklyn Saturday, dominating Daniel Geale of Australia in every way and on every level, setting himself up perfectly for a fight later this year with Mexican star Canelo Alvarez.

Pull out the drawer with all the boxing cliches in it, and pull out the one of your choice: dominated, crushed, humiliated. Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) schooled Geale (31-4, 16 KOs) from the opening bell with a swift left hook to the body. Out of the 68 punches Cotto landed in the brief fight, 32 of them were body shots, some of the best of his career.

Miguel Cotto was aggressive from the opening bell, stopping a lackluster Daniel Geale in four rounds Saturday. Photo: Courtesy Roc Nation
Miguel Cotto was aggressive from the opening bell, stopping a lackluster Daniel Geale in four rounds Saturday. Photo: Courtesy Roc Nation

Geale’s weight, height, and reach advantage went completely to waste. Geale rehydrated up to 180 pounds for the fight; he was obviously the bigger man in the ring. Geale must have lost a lot of stamina making the catchweight limit. He had little to offer, it was shot after shot with minimal answering back. Geale landed barely half the punches Cotto did, just 33 in three and a half rounds, none of them with power.

It was only a matter of time, and not much time. Cotto put Geale down with a smashing left hook to the head early in the fourth round, saying later Geale “pulled his right hand down and it was the perfect moment for my left.” Geale got up and Cotto moved in. When he went down the second time, he made it to his feet, but told referee Harvey Dock he could not continue, making it a TKO at 1:28 of the round, knockout 33 for Cotto.


Cotto gave all the credit for the win to trainer Freddie Roach. This is Cotto’s third fight with Roach, and they seem to be the perfect fit.Being here after 10 hard weeks in L-A training with Freddie and {to} perform like that, just make me feel like the Miguel from the 2000s,” Cotto told HBO’s Max Kellerman. “I said to Freddie a couple minutes ago, he’s the best thing to ever happen to my career, and it is, he’s the best thing to ever happen to my career.”

Now the conversation turns to where everyone expected it to go, to the all but confirmed chatter that Cotto will fight Canelo Alvarez later this year. What does Cotto think about it? “I had 44 fights in my whole career. Canelo is going to be just another one, the new chapter in my career. But first of all, before that, I want to spend time with my family, enjoy time with them. But then we’ll be back in LA, training for Canelo.”

Canelo Alvarez (right) is the opponent fans hope to see against Miguel Cotto in the fall. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Canelo Alvarez (right) is the opponent fans hope to see against Miguel Cotto in the fall. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

This fight makes enormous sense. Both Cotto and Canelo are coming off dominating wins. It’s a Mexico versus Puerto Rico situation, always good for fan interest. What’s not really being said outright though, is that neither one is a middleweight. Cotto weighed in for this bout under the junior middleweight limit. He admitted when Kellerman asked him, “My weight yesterday was 153.6 Do you think I’m a middleweight? I’m not.”

Cotto later confirmed this at the post-fight news conference, saying the fight with Canelo should be at 155 pounds, the weight for Canelo’s last three fights and two pounds less than Saturday’s catchweight limit. Freddie Roach also dangled the prospect of a rematch with Floyd Mayweather; Roach said he thought Cotto could beat Mayweather now.

Yet Cotto is the lineal WBC middleweight champion despite not being anything close to a natural middleweight. Meanwhile, sitting out in the audience was the guy most people consider the world’s best middleweight with a few belts of his own, Gennady Golovkin. When “Triple G” was shown on camera, the fans inside the Barclay Center went crazy. Cotto showed little of the same eagerness to fight GGG as he did when asked about fighting Canelo (albeit in Cotto’s standard low-key way). On facing Golovkin, Cotto hesitated for several beats, finally stammering out “Ah … eh …. Why not? But we need to do our fights. Canelo stands to be the next one. If Gennady is available to fight and he wants to fight, I’ll fight him too.”

Don't count on a big drama show between Cotto and Gennady Golovkin.
Don’t count on a big drama show between Cotto and Gennady Golovkin.

Fans will be perfectly happy seeing the winner of a Cotto vs. Canelo bout mix it up with Golovkin, perhaps next May. If Cotto is the winner, don’t count on a big drama show with GGG.

The truth is Cotto gains very little facing Golovkin other than a payday. Does the fight happen at another catchweight of 155 or 157 pounds like on Saturday? Then what’s the point, since the lineal middleweight title wouldn’t be at stake? Is Cotto going to defend at 160 pounds, the real middleweight deal? If so, GGG will swat him like a fly. I enjoy watching Golovkin but I’m not sure I need to see such carnage. (Sacrilege, I know).

It’s all too easy for boxing fans eager to see good fights made to get ahead of ourselves. Cotto vs. Canelo is a great matchup which is also fan friendly, unlike this year’s “megafight” which left a lot of casual boxing fans irritated and bored. Let’s make sure it’s signed, sealed and delivered. Oscar, we’re counting on you.

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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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  • Matt

    Wow that was a peach of left hook!!
    Had that punch knocked down a 160 pound Daniel Geale, then there would be no room for argument.
    Had Geale shook his head to say he could not continue weighing 160 pounds, well he’d be even more so the quitter some consider him to be.
    By being perceived a quitter however, as a weight drained 157 weakling, leaves room for a little sympathy on the more compassionate amongst us..

    The truth is Miguel Cotto won this fight in a hell of an impressive manner and had he not been such a prima donna and insisted on the fight being held at catchweight, then everyone would be unanimous in hailing the fight as a stupendous victory for Miguel and Freddie.

    Miguel proclaims that we have all just witnessed the Miguel Cotto of the 2000’s, but how can he or we for that matter be 100% sure.

    This whole catchweight charade has come back to bite Cotto firmly in the backside because as impressive as he was, he has left the door open for criticism.

    He should have allowed the not particularly dangerous Geale to come in at 160 and the result may have been completely the same anyway, but by trying to make sure he had the optimum advantage and forcing a 157 catchweight, this impressive performance will always have scrutiny attached.

    • Matt, loving this analysis. Cotto was impressive to be sure and I won’t completely take it away from him. He’s resurrected his career with Roach’s help and he looks good. But looks can be deceiving, can’t they? We never really know until the best get in the ring, at the right weight and under the right circumstances. Geale looked plain awful though, far worse than he did against Golovkin. If Cotto really will face Canelo at 155, it’s a truly worth contest.

      Thanks for contributing, hope you’ll be back!

  • Jc Varnadore

    Who has he fought since Mayweather that’s worthy?

    • Jafred Boatwright

      Floyd rematch!!!!!!!! So may weather can beat him for his 6 the division belt!!