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Las Vegas, NV – Boxing’s hot summer schedule continues this weekend with a couple of cards being dealt out by pay and free T.V. The action will be highlighted by the return of WBC middleweight (160) champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) defending his crown against rugged Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs). Coverage from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York begins Saturday at 10:30 PM ET/ 7:30 PM PT on HBO.


When we last saw Miguel Cotto, the Puerto Rican superstar was relentlessly assaulting former middleweight champion Sergio Martinez from the opening bell in route to a corner forced stoppage victory (W TKO 10). After (seemingly) turning in one of his best performances of his career against the once top “pound for pound” elite scrapper Martinez; Miguel has not fought in almost a year and this will be his first fight with promoter Jay Z’s company Roc Nation Sports, hence the call for facing “soft opposition” in choosing Geale.


Fundamentally, Miguel Cotto doesn’t do one thing great but overall he does everything sufficiently well. Miguel showcases a hybrid of facets that are important neccesities in the pugilistic world. The Puerto Rican star take a punch, had power at the lighter weights, decent hand speed, above average foot movement, overall a savvy boxing I.Q., and adequate counter-punching skills. However in the past, Miguel has often had a tendency to let emotion dictate his tempo. This is usually to his undoing and can be extremely hazardous against high level opponents at 160. As I said earlier, Geale not considered a “high level” middleweight.


A decent boxer hailing from Australia, Daniel Geale since his pro debut in 2004, has fought some solid B class opposition resulting in him picking up an alphabet title strap. Such accolades brought forth a step up in class and an offer to take on world destroyer Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 stops). For a nice pay day (in what looked more like a mugging then a boxing match), GGG savagely beat down the lesser skilled Geale and became the only man to stop (L TKO 3) Daniel at this point and time.

Sig’s Pick: Miguel is going to show some rust early but after about 3 rounds will begin to bust up Geale and perhaps even stop him late. Simply put Geale is not on this level of combat as he is the true definition of a B fighter. *Note: this fight will be contested at a catch weight of 157 as per demand of Cotto.


The first card on TV Saturday is Al Haymon’s successful boxing time share series “Premier Boxing Champions” returns for another intriguing night at the fights when former belt holder Robert “Ghost” Guerrero (32-3-1, 18 KOs) takes on frivolous unknown pug Aaron Martinez (19-3-1, 4 KOS) at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA with the NBC show starting at 3 PM ET/ 12 PM PT.


No need for a Sig Pick here…should be easy working for Robert in what is an obvious “keep busy” type affair after his tough scrap with Keith Thurman (L UD 12) a few months back.

John Signorella



  • Thats right Pedro…Martinez got caught with a punch by Chavez before he got tossed down in the 12th…Chavez heavily outweighed Martinez in that fight but I think Martinez made the mistake of getting straight up after he got thrown down and trying to slug it out with Chavez right away…That was his emotions getting the best of him but wrong thing to do against a much bigger man…it looked like a small middleweight fighting a light heavyweight….He should have kept a little bit of distance like he was succesful with in the whole fight but Martinez was PISSED at getting treated like a 2nd class citizen, his belt being handed to Chavez unfairly and tried to slug it out after he got knocked down or “tossed down” in this case…after that fight, Martinez never looked as sharp…

  • John Signorella

    All good points…overall I felt that playing soccer all those years were the cause of the knees giving out later in Sergio’s career…on the dark side of 30, all that running caught up…at the end of the day, the Chavez encounter changed both men for the worse so it seems in the aftermath…the test of time broke them both.

  • Pedro Fernandez

    I thought Chavez throwing him down messed his already weak knees up.

  • Martinez was never the same after his fight with Chavez Jr., and neither was Chavez…he gave a hell of a beating to Chavez but in the process, left a bit in the ring….Martinez had a pretty good run and was definitely looking like a p4p caliber fighter…

  • Paul William and Pavlik beg to differ. Everybody and his brother were tauting Pavlik as a destroyer, and this undersized argentinian destroyed him like he was fighting a nun.

    Martinez was unorthodox, he had a bad defense as well, but he was a hell of an athlete and fighter when he was healthy.

  • John Signorella

    Well said Zack. Took the words right out of my mouth.

  • I think when Martinez had that string of wins with Pavlik, Williams, Dzinziruk, Barker, Macklin, and Chavez Jr, he was a top P4P fighter. He was the best middleweight in the world for a few years. Unfortunately for him, he did not get his shot until late in life, and was way past his prime against Cotto. Still think he was one of the best of this era in his prime.

  • Pedro Fernandez

    Point on! PJ..

  • Martinez was never a top P4P fighter. He was overrated. Should of taken an L against Murray but got him some home cookin.

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