Saturday, June 06 2015

Barclays Center , NY

Miguel Cotto

(39-4-0, 32 KOs) VS.

Daniel Geale

(31-3-0, 16 KOs)

12 Round WBC Middleweight Championship Bout
Available in HD

WBC Middleweight Champion Miguel Cotto and his trademark left hook came to Barclay’s Center very well prepared on June 6th, bringing with them the power, speed, and precision necessary to score an emphatic stoppage victory over his Australian opponent, former IBF/WBA Middleweight Champ Daniel Geale. After a tremendous effort to cut weight clearly drained Geale (Cotto insisted on a 157-lb catchweight for the fight, three pounds below the traditional Middleweight limit), he made weight with not an ounce to spare, coming in at exactly 157.0. Geale was able to rehydrate to a massive 182, putting him at a weight deep into Light Heavyweight territory. Cotto’s Friday weigh-in numbers put him below the weight cut-off for even the Junior Middleweight class at 153.6, but declined to weigh in publicly on the day of the fight.

The extra bulk did nothing to help Geale's fight and he was outboxed from the beginning by the lighter, smaller, shorter-reaching Cotto, who oscillated between dynamic body shots and his potent hooks upstairs. A mighty straight-right from Cotto blasted Geale back into the ropes to close out the third round, and a left hook in the fourth sent the Australian tumbling to the canvas, half out of the ring. He rose unsteadily, and Cotto saw his opportunity to finish the job. A final right-hand to the jaw sent Geale to the mat again, and though he beat the count, he gave referee Harvey Dock a shake of his head to signify that he was done.

After the fight, Cotto said "After the first round I knew that I needed to get more aggressive. I tried to do my best. I tried very hard. I'm in the best shape of my life, like the Cotto of '04."

Echoing what many had figured would be Geale's biggest issue going into the fight, he stated "I'm so disappointed. It went too fast and I'm extremely disappointed. I think the weight had an effect for sure, but that's boxing… I have always struggled to make 160, so this was obviously much tougher".

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