Last night, Canelo Alvarez made a huge step in his legacy defeating the future Hall of Famer, Miguel Cotto. While it may not be surprising that Canelo won, however, the way he won and how decisively he won was the shocking part. The scorecards all correctively resembled how the fight went with 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111.
Another fact that may not surprise you, mellow Alvarez has very limited foot work. Despite this flaw, Canelo was still able to outbox the veteran. He also mixed it up well, 57% of his punches went to the head and 43% went to the body. He displayed a nice crisp jab but the most telling punch was one that our editor, Rudy Gutierrez, predicted it would be- the uppercut.
The uppercut may not have been thrown a lot, but when it was thrown, it was a heat seeking missile that won Canelo rounds and would stop Cotto in his tracks. It was a punch that stopped the momentum from going into Cotto’s direction more than once and was a big reason for why he won the fight.
During the post fight conference, Alvarez was asked if he would defend his new crown against the mandatory challenger, Gennady Golovkin. Alvarez answered as he flexed his muscles saying “I’m ready! If you want, with all due respect, I can lace up my gloves right now.” A Canelo-Golovkin fight is sure to be an explosive pay per view that will solidify who the best middleweight in the division really is. I, for one, hope we see this fight real soon.
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