By Gary Mushrow [Twitter: @gary9690] Photos: Hogan Photos/Roc Nation/Miguel Cotto Promotions
Lineal & WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto annihilated former two-time champion Daniel Geale inside four rounds last night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Cotto a four weight world champion, improved his record to (40-4, 33KO’s) with the knock out victory, whilst Geale the former IBF middleweight champion, dropped his record to (31-4, 16KO’s).
The Puerto Rican fans were out in their droves again to witness their national icon, as Cotto set about a rampant body attack upon his Australian opponent from the outset. This was a much more aggressive Miguel Cotto, the kind of likes we haven’t seen since his days at junior welterweight.
Switching allegiances to Freddie Roach has obviously helped the 34 year old, as his offensive output under the Hall of Fame trainer has increased significantly. Gone last night, was the tentative, slow, plodding Cotto we saw which succumbed to Austin Trout; this was the seek and destroy of old, the crowd ringside were loving it, and so was everybody else; chants of ‘War Cotto’ reverberated around the state-of-the-art venue.
The weight cut to 157 pounds for Daniel Geale, (three pounds below the usual middleweight limit) was definitely a big factor in Cotto ruthlessly hacking away to the body with the left hook. A fighter can only partially re hydrate the depleted water he has lost through cutting weight before he steps into the ring 24 hours later.
A sharp right hand followed by a ruthless left hook put Geale down in round four and he looked as if he may not make the count. His eyes were certainly glazed, but the Australian showed huge heart rising at eight. Cotto set about his work again unrelenting, dropping Geale again with a crisp chopping right hand; the referee had seen enough and it was all over.
After the fight when pressed upon his next opponent possibly being fellow middleweight belt holder Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin, Cotto said, “We are looking at Canelo next, but after Canelo if Gennady is still around, then why not? Why not?”
Asked if he thought himself to be a true middleweight by interviewer Max Kellerman, Cotto retorted, “Max, my weight yesterday was 153.6 pounds, what do you think?”