Cotto epic with Alvarez next

Miguel Cotto is lined up for what promises to be one of the greatest boxing matches in modern times, against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez later this year. 

Cotto successfully defended his World Boxing Council middleweight title with a comfortable fourth round stoppage of out-gunned Australian Daniel Geale in New York on Saturday. 

That paved the way for Puerto Rican Cotto to face Mexican Alvarez in a huge money fight, guaranteed to be a thrilling encounter. 

Both are big punchers and always bring excitement to the ring. The fact that they are national heroes in their respective countries adds an extra edge. Cotto, 34, dominated from the start against Geale, ridding himself of ring rust having not fought for exactly a year since claiming the belt in thrashing Sergio Martinez. 

Geale is a former champ but is on the slide having now lost three of his last five. The match was made at 157 pounds although the middleweight limit is 160. 

Geale, 34, was evidently weight drained whereas Cotto, who is really a natural light-middle, weighed 153.6 pounds. 

Against Alvarez, whose record is 45-1-1 (32 K0s) the match is likely to be at the light-middle limit of 154 pounds. 

Cotto took his record to 40-4 (33 KOs) against Geale (31-4) who went down from a ferocious left hook early in the fourth. 

Cotto followed up with a flurry of body shots before a right to the head floored the Aussie again.  

Alvarez, 24, with youth on his side, will start favorite against Cotto, but the fact that the shrewd tactician Freddie Roach is the Puerto Rican’s trainer balances up the equation. 

Top level boxing action continues this Friday when Erislandy Lara defends his World Boxing Association light-middleweight title against Delvin Rodriguez in Chicago. 

Deontay Wilder, the sensational, unbeaten WBC heavyweight champ, defends his title against Eric Molina in Birmingham on Saturday. 

Nicholas “Axeman” Walters, the brilliant Jamaican WBA featherweight champ, makes another defence of his belt against Miguel Marriaga in New York on the same night. 

Unbeaten former super-middle champ Andre Ward makes a welcome return to the ring after a long absence, against Paul Smith in a non-title, catchweight bout made at 172 pounds, on June 20. 

Adrien Broner models himself in style and brashness after Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Broner only has a fraction of the pound-for-pound king’s talent however, which is why his bout against Shawn Porter on June 20 in a non-title welterweight match in Las Vegas could be an extremely exciting one. 

Deontay Wilder, right, makes the first defense of his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday.


Miguel Cotto easily beat Daniel Geale in New York on Saturday. – PHOTOS: AP