Canelo Alvarez claimed during a Friday interview with Fight Hype that he is “ready to give whatever it takes in the ring to win this fight” against Miguel Cotto.
Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) will battle the 34-year-old Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) at a maximum weight of 155 pounds on November 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Alvarez last vacated the squared circle on May 9 after rendering James Kirkland unconscious in the third round to win their explosive junior middleweight clash. The 5-foot-9, 155-pound Alvarez badly bloodied the 5-foot-9, 155-pound Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs), earned three knockdowns, and finished the convicted felon at 2 minutes, 19 seconds of the conclusive stage.
“I’m ready to give whatever it takes in the ring to win this fight,” said Alvarez, 25, a Mexican superstar who began boxing professionally at the absurd age of 15. “That’s what I’m intending, to write another story in my career on November 21st. I expect a very hard fight.”
Meanwhile, nicknamed “Junito,” Cotto recorded a ferocious fourth round TKO over Australian Daniel Geale on June 6 to successfully defend the WBC World middleweight belt. Meeting at a catchweight of 157 pounds, the 5-foot-7 Cotto manhandled the 5-foot-10 Geale (31-4, 16 KOs) from the outset and twice floored the drained challenger. Cotto expertly targeted Geale’s midsection and ended the mismatch with a sharp right hand. Geale, a former titleholder who possesses a 71-inch reach and was 5-1 in title scraps, indicated he was spent and referee Harvey Dock officially halted the beating at 1 minute, 28 seconds of the decisive frame.
Cotto, the first Puerto Rican to win world titles in four weight classes, has looked revitalized and competed with a noticeable confidence since partnering with decorated trainer Freddie Roach in the spring of 2013. Alvarez will likely be favored over Cotto because the Puerto Rican icon is 10 years older and he has engaged in numerous bloodbaths since debuting in February 2001. Still, although Alvarez was equally impressive versus the 31-year-old Kirkland, it’s hard to dismiss the rebirth Cotto has experienced with Roach in his corner.
Unfortunately for Cotto, likely due to the criminal actions of Mexican Antonio Margarito in July 2008, his face has a tendency to easily swell and cut. Consequently, regardless of who ultimately controls the action, Alvarez enters this contest with a decided advantage that Cotto won’t be able to overcome.
In “a very hard fight,” expect ringside doctors to grant Canelo Alvarez a controversial stoppage over Miguel Cotto next month in Sin City.