Freddie Roach: 'I actually thought we outscored Canelo'
Milan Ordoņez on Nov 23, 2015 05:33 PM
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The Mandalay Bay Resorts & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday night became the venue for the coronation of a new middleweight boxing champion.
After twelve rounds of action, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez emerged victorious against former lineal 160-pound titlist Miguel Cotto, via a unanimous decision verdict. All three judges scored the bout in favor of the Mexican prizefighter, with a tally of 117-111, 119-109, and 110-108.
For the most part, Alvarez was the stronger and more effective fighter, landing his overhand rights and uppercuts. Cotto did have his flashes of brilliance, but was just not enough to inflict damage.
But apparently, his trainer Freddie Roach saw the fight a little differently. In a report by Boxingscene.com, the seven-time Boxing Writers Association of America Trainer of the Year awardee believes that Cotto actually outscored Alvarez.
"We thought it was much closer than the scorecards showed. It was a very competitive fight,” Roach said. “Miguel's defense was unbelievable. I actually thought we outscored him. HBO spoke to me between rounds and I never thought we were in danger of losing the fight.
“I thought we outscored him in the fight, but the judges thought different,” he adds.
Alvarez now holds the WBC, Lineal and Ring Magazine titles. After the bout, he went on to challenge fellow middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin.
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