Miguel Cotto vs Daniel Geale
BY KID HERSH
From the Barclays Center in Brooklyn came Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32ko's) vs Daniele Geale (31-3, 16ko's). I am shocked this isn't from MSG - the house that Cotto built (ok a little overboard but we all know he owns that venue). The crew talked about the rumors (or truth?) of Geale looking very drawn and drained out at the weigh-in. But, tonight, with clothes on Geale weighed in at 182lbs! So, likely around 175lbs. WOW. In the first round Cotto went to work on Geales body, with vicious left hooks that thudded home and noticeably made Geale wince in pain on a couple of them. Geale was trying to pump his jab and landed some nice ones as well as his own left hooks but Cotto's shots were quicker and harder. When Geale pressed he got hit with left hooks and when he laid back he didn't have the defense to stop Cotto from doing what he wanted either. In the second round Cotto was moving on his feet lightly and boxing beautifully. Geale was looking a bit perplexed to me, and as Lampley pointed out this just looks like two different classes of fighters. Cotto has a great rhythm going and Geale, so far, has no answers no matter whether he jabs or presses or lays back. In the third round Cotto was going to work as he has been, landing another vicious left hook to the body in the middle of the round and then ended the round with a rare right hand that sent Geale back into the ropes. He has not thrown many right hands so far - instead relying on the left with both the jab and murderous hooks to the body. In the fourth round Cotto slammed home a left look less than a minute into the round that put Geale down and nearly out for good. This one landed on the chin instead of the body that we were expecting by this point. He got up and continued but his legs were wobbly and you could see that the end was near. Cotto then attacked and Geale decided to fight back and go for broke, taking a right hand to the temple that put him down. He got up, but just like in the GGG fight he decided to bow out - having nothing left in him for the killer in front of him. In the post fight interview Cotto gave all the credit possible to Freddie Roach - saying that his career is back because of him and that he is the best thing to ever happen to him. It was a long post fight interview, with Cotto basically saying that he is going to fight Canelo next after he goes on vacation with his family. When asked about GGG he had a nice long pause ("aaaaaahhhhhh") and then said that if GGG is there next he will be happy to fight him. Always next with GGG, lol.