Miguel Cotto vs Saul Canelo Alvarez was great, but greater may be store for the Mexican
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has not only beaten Miguel Cotto, he has also established the supremacy of his nation Mexico over Puerto Rico in the world of boxing. Nonetheless, irrespective of the fact as to whoever was the winner, the fight was among the most entertaining till the last second of the last round.
Both Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez gave their best and continued to push for better and better performance in almost every round.
There is no denying the fact that the two were playing two very different games. While one was aggressive, throwing power punches and trying to put the other to the canvass, the other was restrained, hitting when it was his time and then disappearing to a safer distance.
And both stuck to their well laid out plan. Judges were obviously were more impressed with Alvarezâ€™s power punches than the hit and run tactics of Cotto, a boxer who is ten years older than the Mexican champion.
Alvarez, at the end of the twelfth round, was pronounced the World Boxing Council middleweight champion on Saturday after scoring a unanimous decision victory over Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto. Alvarez was declared the winner by scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111, the Mexican improving to 46-1-1 while Cotto fell to 40-5.
Now the champion is being hailed as the new ruler of the boxing world. The 25-year-old Alvarez is only the second Mexican fighter to claim the world middleweight throne. “It’s an emotion I just can’t put into words,” Alvarez said. “I’m very happy. Much respect to Miguel Cotto. He’s a great champion. But now it’s my era.” Unbeaten Kazak fighter Gennady Golovkin, 34-0 with 31 knockouts, is the current owner of other two major middleweight titles and Alvarez said he is ready to face him to determine an undisputed champion.
After winning the impressive fight a beaming Mexican said, â€œIf he wants to fight right now, I’ll put on the gloves and fight him right nowâ€¦He’s a great champion. But right now I’ll put the gloves on against him.” This was Cotto’s only second defeat in 10 fights against Mexicans. He was last defeated in 2008 by Antonio Margarito. “It’s a great victory for me, not just me but all of my country,” Alvarez said.