Decorated trainer Freddie Roach predicted during a Sunday interview with Fight Hype that Miguel Cotto will “knockout” Canelo Alvarez at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 25-year-old Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) will battle the 35-year-old Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) on November 21 at a maximum weight of 155 pounds.
“He’s 100% ready for this fight. It’s going to be a great fight, and we are looking for a knockout in this fight, and we will be the first person to knock out Alvarez, and I can’t wait to get this one on its way,” said Roach, 55, who has been voted Trainer of the Year on six occasions by the BWAA. “Miguel has looked great in his last three fights, and his punching power is improving, and he’s using every bit of his body weight to do that, and it’s something we have been working on, and he’s punching very well.”
Alvarez, a Mexican superstar who began boxing professionally at the absurd age of 15, 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.
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 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 great fight,” expect ringside doctors to grant Canelo Alvarez a controversial stoppage over Miguel Cotto next weekend in Sin City.