When the first fight between Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada for The Ring, Lineal, and vacant WBC middleweight titles it was evident that not only did Alvarez’ imposing size matter but that he also had the better of their exchanges.
Miguel Cotto boxed well and methodically, as Freddie Roach would likely advise his boxers. He tried to move around Canelo Alvarez, and his mobility made it intriguing early in the fight, but it didn’t take too long for the tide to turn, as boxing news revealed.
The scores of Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez on Nov. 2015 were wider than expected at 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111 in favor of “Cinnamon.” Canelo Alvarez was simply bigger and his punches were way more powerful, and therefore had a stronger appeal to the judges.
But even then, Canelo Alvarez too landed more punches at 32% compared to Miguel Cotto ‘s 21% according to CompuBox numbers, for boxing news.
Nevertheless, Freddie Roach believes his ward had won.
“I’ve heard many opponents and many fights fall apart, I’m anxious to get back in the ring again with him because the layoff has been a little bit too long, but hopefully we get Canelo in a rematch, because I thought we won the first one and that’s my number one choice for him,” Freddie Roach told OnTheRopesBoxing.
“I thought we outboxed him, that was the gameplan going in and if we fought him one more time we would have to sit down on our punches a little more, use our power a little bit, cause we boxed him a little bit too much in the first fight and didn’t use our power that he does have.”
Freddie Roach had wanted Miguel Cotto to work more on his trademark body shots, but Canelo Alvarez seemed too quick on both his punches and mobility. It isn’t clear how Freddie Roach could have interpreted the fight in any other way.
On a Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez rematch, Freddie Roach said, “I think he has to use his power shots a little bit more,” in a report by WorldBoxingNews.
Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez fought before a sold-out crowd and if a rematch will indeed take place it will be good business, as usual, involving hardcore Mexican and Puerto Rican fans, boxing news predict.
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