Boxing News & Rumors: Freddie Roach Tells Media To Bet On A Miguel Cotto KO Over Canelo Alvarez In Later Rounds
|Cristian Andal |||Sep 08, 2015 11:36 AM EDT|
(Photo : Reuters) Miguel Cotto's trainer, Freddie Roach, is confident that his fighter will knock out Canelo Alvarez on November 21st.
Freddie Roach was so sure that his new ward, five-time and four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs), is going to beat former light middleweight titlist Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) on November 21st that he even told media during the fight's press conference that they should bet on the Puerto Rican legend and make some money, as per Boxing News 24's Allan Fox.
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The renowned trainer of eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao claimed that Cotto will knock out Canelo sometime in the later rounds of the fight as he believes that the 25-year-old Mexican has "stamina problems" which his fighter can take advantage of.
Based on his match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013, Fox noted that it is noticeable that Alvarez does lose gas and gets "red in the face" when the fight reaches the second half and he is "forced to move around the ring a lot to chase an opponent."
"Miguel Cotto will win by knockout in the later rounds," said Roach, as reported by Boxing Scene. "I'm positive that Cotto will win and you can bet everything you want on it. I have the perfect strategy and game plan for our training camp (to ensure) Cotto comes out winner."
Cotto, who will turn 35 about three weeks from fight night, is not expected to be as nimble as Mayweather was when Alvarez faced him but is anticipated to fight smart and maximize his ring generalship skills to tire out Canelo.
The reigning WBC, lineal, and The Ring world middleweight champion is coming off three consecutive victories since he was handled by Roach. Prior to that, he suffered two straight losses against Mayweather and American Austin Trout in 2012, which many thought would be the end of Cotto's legendary career.
However, some boxing fans and analysts suggest that his wins were against unheralded fighters that were a lot beatable than Canelo is, which means that this would be the first true test of the Cotto-Roach partnership.
"People say when you get older, you have to work harder. That's not true. You just have to be smarter," Roach added, as noted by SkySports. "He will be elusive, I promise you. You'll see a whole different guy for this fight."
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