Cotto scores fourth round KO over Geale, wants Canelo, Golovkin next

Milan Ordoņez on Jun 07, 2015 02:40 PM
Cotto stops Geale in four, wants Canelo, Golovkin next
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On Saturday night, Miguel Cotto was able to show the world that boxing isn’t necessarily a young man’s game.

The 34-year old lineal middleweight champion of the world put on a defining performance by knocking out contender Daniel Geale in the fourth round of their title fight at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York.

As one of the stars under Freddie Roach’s guidance, the Puerto Rican sensation took on a more calculated approach this time around, veering off his puncher’s style. Instead of head-hunting, Cotto was targeting the body, landing hard shots. He continued the same pace for the first three rounds, leaving Geale defenseless for the most part.

As the fourth round rang in, Cotto remained patient with his attacks. With only a minute left, Cotto threw a perfectly executed left hook as his Australian opponent backed up against the ropes. The shot landed perfectly on the jaw, sending Geale immediately to the canvas.

Geale during the first knockdown of the fight

Geale managed to get up, but Cotto was unrelenting with his onslaught. A right hook sent Geale down to the canvas for the second time. Unable to answer the count, the referee put the fight to a halt.

Cotto, who improves to a record of 40-4 (with 33 wins by knockout), has successfully defended his titles for the first time. And with the victory, the reigning 154-pound champion is looking to finally make his own super fight with Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez come to fruition.

We need to do our fight, Canelo is the next one,” Cotto said during the post-fight interview. “After that, if Gennady is available and wants to fight, I'm available, too.”

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