Cotto vs Canelo fight review: Update
Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez fight was so much hyped that people thought it will be very difficult and very tough fight. And to be true, it indeed was. Coming after the farce that we were forced to witness as the last of Floyd Mayweather fight, it was great relief to witness a real fight indeed.
The Puerto Rican was thought to be the man who was expected to win the fight hands down. On the contrary, the Mexican boxer Alvarez had remained an underdog all along with not many giving him a chance to win the fight.
All the analysts agreed that despite his physical advantage and the massive reach, he had many shortcomings in his defenses that Cotto can breach and beat him quite easily. Despite being a solid puncher, Alvarez was not thought to be able to beat a boxer who had all his shortcomings cured by the magic spells of Freddie Roach, the Hall of Fame coach who had tutored the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan from England.
To be true this was something that no one had anticipated. After such an impressive fight he has proved beyond doubt that he will be the one who is going to be the champion in the coming days and will fill the vacuum vacated by Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Begins with solid punches from both sides. Alvarez seems to be doing better than predicted.
Cotto lands a few hard punches to start the round. The Puerto Rican is much more aggressive with shots to the body and head throughout in the first two minutes. Alvarez landed a good uppercut and was more active in the final minute, but it wasnâ€™t enough to give him the round.
Alvarez controlled the first half of the round, landing hard right hands on Cotto. Itâ€™s Alvarezâ€™s most active round, and he wins the most decisive round thus far.
Not much action in the first minute, but Cotto comes on with a few left hooks midway through the round. Cotto landed a flurry of punches with a minute remaining, and Alvarez matched him with a body shot. Cotto has the edge, landing some of the hardest shots of the night.
Alvarez hit a hard left uppercut, but Cotto came back with a flurry of punches. Cotto landed his share of body shots, but Alvarez landed more power punches, including a strong right hand in the final seconds.
Cottoâ€™s face is starting to show some evidence of Alvarezâ€™s punches. A strong combination by Alvarez a minute in seems to affect Cotto. Cotto continues to land body shots on Alvarez, but they donâ€™t appear to be doing too much damage. A few clean shots to the head give Alvarez another round.
Alvarez dodges a few punches at the outset, and comes back with hard right hands to the body. Alvarez is in control of the fight, landing more shots to the body. Cotto gets a good hook in with about 75 seconds remaining, but itâ€™s another round for Alvarez.
Good left uppercut by Alvarez to start the round. Very active first minute with both fighters trading body shots. Cott landing a few left hooks, but Alvarez comes back hard shots to the head. Easily the best round of the fight, but Alvarez landed nearly three times as many power shots, buckling Cottoâ€™s knees early on.
Both fighters not nearly as active in the first 90 seconds, but then they start to trade jabs. Alvarez wins the round with a few left hooks that seemed to shake Cotto, though Cotto got in a few good jabs that inflicted some damage.
Alvarez is landing a lot more power shots this fight, but Cotto has connected with a lot of punches, giving him a chance to steal a few rounds on the judgesâ€™ scorecards. Not much action in this round, but Alvarez hit the hardest shot of the round. Alvarez gets the edge, though it’s a close one.
This round is very similar to many others in this fight. Cotto landed his share of jabs, but Alvarez hit a few power punches that affected his opponent much more.
Both fighters seemingly looking for the knockout. Alvarez tags him with more affective shots in the first minute, though Cotto lands some good shots to the body. Cotto showing a cut under his eye from a hard punch from Alvarez. Cotto was on the ropes with about 30 seconds left, but he survives another losing round.
Our Final Score:
Alvarez wins on our scorecard, 118-110
Alvarez by unanimous decision: 117-111, 119-109, 118-110