A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Cotto Wins Big!
Miguel Cotto fought Danny Geale and destroyed him in four rounds. From the opening stanza, he nailed Geale with vicious left hooks set up by left piston like jabs. In the fourth round, Cotto sent Geale down with a left hook and after Geale got back up; Cotto attacked and in the midst of several punches; he landed a right to end the bout.
Cotto was in a fight to make his case for a bigger pay day, he needed not just win but win by a big margin. Which he succeeded in doing. Geale is a good Middleweight and a former champ but he is not an elite fighter; something he has shown in two losses to Gennady Golovkin and Cotto. In both fights, he lost by early stoppage.
Cotto goal is a fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, which is means big bucks. Past negotiations between the two have fallen apart but this bout gives Cotto more credibility as a Middleweight. Yes, it can be argued that Geale came in at three pounds under Middleweight and no one will confuse Geale with being an all-time great but Cotto stopped him in four rounds after Golovkin stopped him in three rounds the year before. Now Cotto has two victories over former Middleweight champions which makes it even easier to promote a big fight with either Alvarez or Golovkin.
Sometimes if a fight doesn’t happen at a particular time; it sometimes becomes a good thing since a little extra time will allow the gate to grow. Cotto and Alvarez may now be even bigger this fall than last fall since now both fighters are coming off massive victories.
Robert Guerrero fight with Aaron Martinez was supposed to have been Guerrero comeback easy victory after his defeat at the hands of Keith Thurman. If Cotto looked impressive, then Guerrero did not as he eked a split decision close victory over Martinez with two judges’ scores of97-92, 95-94 for Guerrero, and the other judge had it to 95-94 for Martinez. As for the scoring, the 97 – 92 score was not reflective of what actually happened in the ring as Martinez won many of the early rounds including a 10-8 round in the fourth when Martinez sent Guerrero down. This was a close fight as I had Martinez by 95-94 but NBC analyst Steve Farhood had it 95-94 for Guerrero.
Martinez was not intimidated by Guerrero and he took the fight to Guerrero and as has been Guerrero’s wont; he forsake his boxing skills and fought toe to toe with Martinez. Martinez got the better of the inside action but over the second half, Guerrero started to box and keeping the fight in the middle of ring. This allowed him to capture rounds and close the gap in the bout.
Guerrero problems in the later stage of his career is that he is often willing to trade punches as oppose to using his boxing skills and this has made fights against Martinez and Kamegai more difficult they needed to be.
Undefeated Heavyweight Dominic Breazeale took less than three rounds to dispatch formerly undefeated Cuban fighter Yasmay Consuegra as he sent Consuegra down near the end of the second round followed by two more knockdowns that ended the fight in the third round. Breazeale looks like a promising heavyweight.