CANELO ALVAREZ BEATS MIGUEL COTTO NOTES

CANELO-COTTO CLOSES OUT 2015 BOXING

Canelo Hooking Cotto

Canelo Hooking Cotto


San Francisco, CACanelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) further cemented his role as Mexico’s #1 prizefighter with a decent workmanlike performance against defending linear middleweight (160 lb.) champion Miguel Cotto. And while the scores of 119-109, 118-110 & 117-111 may have seemed wide to some, the match went according to script as Alvarez was bigger, younger and stronger.

PUERTO RICAN “NOTHING LEFT TO PROVE”

And while Cotto is a great talent, I don’t think we should mention he and Roberto Duran in the same breath, even though they both won titles in four different weight classes. If I sound like I’m writing what amounts to the pugilistic obituary of (40-5, 32 KOs) Miguel Cotto, I do so for two reasons, his health and family. Miguel is set financially and there is no need for him to put another round on his body.

COTTO CARRIED LAND OF BORICUA POST TRINIDAD

A Puerto Rican of iconic status on the island, Cotto falls behind fellow Puerto Rican’s Wilfredo Gomez and Tito Trinidad in popularity. The name missing from thE great Boricua boxing cast is Wilfredo Benitez. He is so damaged by boxing that brushing his teeth has for years been challenging. Cotto was obviously disturbed when discussing Benitez’s health.

Wilfredo Benitez

Wilfredo Benitez


HANGIN’ IN THE BIG APPLE CIRCA 2004

When I interviewed Cotto in New York City in the early days, his English wasn’t great, I asked him about his being so relaxed in the ring, like a Bill Cosby date. His response, “I try not to get too excited.” When we talked retirement in Colombia some years ago, this after the Manny Pacquiao loss and prior to the Martinez win, Cotto kept it real. “I love my family too much, I do this for them.” He admitted in Cartagena that he wasn’t looking to engage in anything remotely like the “tainted” loss to Antonio Margarito, and the equally punishing Manny Pacquiao encounter.

RIGHT MOVES BY COTTO OF LATE

That being said, the Canelo fight was the right choice. Better to lose a rout on scorecards against Alvarez, then risking all your marbles with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. If Cotto retires, or if he continues, there will always be that HUGE Yankee Stadium (see death) match with Gennady should greed in time trump common sense.

DAVID RUFFIN TELLS COTTO “WALK AWAY FROM A LOVE”

Regardless of how much money Jay Z and Roc Nation Sports puts in front of you, the risk is too great. You have enough money walk away, Benitez is the tragic example necessitating you walk away from boxing Miguel, while you can still brush your teeth by yourself.

WBO SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMP ABRAHAM WINS AT HOME

WBO 168 lb. king Arthur Abraham (49-4, 29 KOs) turned back a determined Martin Murray (32-3-1, 15 KOs) of the UK with a close Split Decision 12. Scores were 116-111 & 115-112 “AA” and 115-112 Murray. The Brit lost a point in round ten for holding.

CANELO ALVAREZ BEATS MIGUEL COTTO NOTES

7 comments

  • He was sparring daily at age 13 with #1 rated Esteban DeJesus. Brain damage…Defensive wiz or not.

  • Pedro

    I thought Wilfredo Benitez is such a good defensive fighter and hard to hit, how come he got so much damaged from boxing, in what particular fight did he get much punishment?

  • This fight to me looked like neither fighter really wanted to win. Oscar stated this was the fight that would be the type of fight people wanted to see and would be the real fight of the year. That couldn’t be further from the truth. It was a decent fight. But the fight before was the one that stole the show.

  • A clear cut win but hardly resounding or revelatory. OK I wasn’t really expecting a Pryor-Cerevantes type old-man execution. But how about Morales-Zaragoza? No? OK, Hatton-Castillo then? Is that still setting the bar too high for boxing’s next mega-star?

    Maybe Alvarez remembers seeing Juan Diaz in a “changing of the guard” opportunity being very aggressive and getting wrecked by JM MArquez. But GBP & HBO would have us believe Canelo is more special than Baby Bull.

    These two are similar enough and fight at each other’s speed, it was bound to come down to physicality. While Cotto’s technique is prettier and LOOKS more polished, they are about equally effective, therefore no version of Cotto at any age would have overcome the size & strength of Alvarez.

    I scored for Alvarez Rounds 2.3.5.7,8,10,11 & 12 vs. Round 4 for Cotto and 1.6 & 9 Even. The bout as a whole wasn’t nearly as lopsided as that score, many of the rounds were well contested but all going to Alvarez by varying margins.

  • Cotto had more left than I thought. I guess the last 2 years of fights with virtually no punishment taken had some healing benefits. I didn’t give Cotto any rounds except the 4th, but he kept many of them close & competitive. He didn’t really go all out to win but he also lasted the distance without ever degenerating into outright survival tactics.

    Saturday’s performance was honourable enough to cleanse some of the dirt from Cotto’s role in this shameful episode of ducking and catchweights. The time to retire will never be this good. There’s no shame in losing to a solid young veteran who’s so much bigger. Why risk another Trout debacle which will then prompt him to seek additional redemption?

  • if 2 fighters are equally good, always go with the bigger fighter….which is why GGG would maul canelo

  • Agreed. 100%. Cotto is a very decent family man that we all wish to see walking away with his health intact. Salud Miguel.

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