Many Mexicans Thought Cotto Beat Canelo

November 24, 2015

-OpeningRound Staff

Canelo Alvarez defeated Miguel Cotto on Saturday night by unanimous decision, with scores that had relatively wide margins of 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111. However, the fight was way more competitive than those scores would indicate. While Canelo clearly landed the harder and cleaner shots, Cotto was the more active fighter and threw a total of 629 punches vs Canelo’s 484. Yes, Cotto landed only 129 punches to Canelo’s 155, a connect rate of only 21% vs 32%, and the power punch stats were quite lopsided in Canelo’s favor, with Cotto throwing only 255 and landing 75, and Canelo throwing 298 and landing 118, a connect rate of only 14% for Cotto vs a healthy 40% for Canelo. However, expectedly, both Miguel Cotto and his trainer Freddie Roach thought they won the fight, with Cotto no showing at the post fight press conference in protest.

“I thought Miguel was using the jab very well but I thought he should have backed him up a little bit more. We might have had more success than that. But I still think we outscored him…I’m not a judge, but I thought he [Cotto] won…The scoring was bad. There’s no f****** way we lost by that much. We won the fight,” Roach said at the post fight presser.

“When you have the opportunity to dominate eight of the twelve rounds, you don’t expect anything less than victory,” Cotto said as he made his return to Puerto Rico per Raul Alzaga of Primera Hora.

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However, according to Primera Hora, even some Mexican media sources and boxing personalities gave Cotto the win, such as Mexican commentators on TV Azteca, Carlos Eduardo Aguilar and Lamazón who saw Cotto winning comfortably by 117-111. Legendary Mexican fighter Julio Cesar Chavez also saw Cotto win, and Mexican news source La Prensa also believed Cotto won, branding the fight ‘Robbery in Las Vegas’ where they also blamed Canelo’s corner for the “loss“.

Others like revered Mexican-American veteran trainer Robert Garcia saw the fight as a draw.

One thing is for certain though: the fight was much closer than what the scorecards showed. For better or for worse, this is another exciting new chapter added to the historic Mexico Vs Puerto Rico rivalry and the 25 year old Mexican Canelo is the new WBC and lineal middleweight world champion. Whether or not there’s enough interest for there to be a Cotto-Canelo rematch in May remains to be seen, but the fact is, with this signature victory under Canelo’s belt, he appears destined for superstardom and headed to the top of the sport.

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