Boxing News: Canelo Alvarez Pulls off Unanimous Decision Victory Over Miguel Cotto, Turns to GGG Next
|Cristian Andal |||Nov 22, 2015 11:36 PM EST|
(Photo : Getty Images) Mexico's Canelo Alvarez (L) defeats Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto via a 12-round unanimous decision victory to capture the WBC, Lineal, and The Ring middleweight titles at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) pulled off a 17-111, 118-110, and 119-109 unanimous decision victory over Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) to capture the WBC, Lineal, and The Ring middleweight titles at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Canelo threw 484 punches and connected 155 of them for a rate of 32 percent while the defending champion, who vacated the title days before the fight after not paying sanctioning fees, actually threw more with 629, but only landed 129 for a 21 percent rate, via The Guardian.
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"Much respect to Miguel Cotto, he's a great champion. But now it's my era," Alvarez told Max Kellerman during the in-ring post-match interview.
Kellerman then asked the 25-year-old champion if he would fight current unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBC (interim) and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin next as mandated by the WBC in order for him to keep his title.
His straightforward reply: "I can't answer that right now. But if you want me to fight him right now, I'll fight him right now."
Canelo reiterated his readiness to fight Golovkin during the post-fight press conference, telling the media that he is "not afraid of anyone", even flexing both of his biceps to signal that he is looking forward to the required bout, as per Yahoo Sports.
Cotto utilized the jab, throwing 374 and connecting 54 as compared to Canelo's 186 and 37 connects, his ring generalship, and noticeably better technical skills during the match, but the Mexican landed the more hurting and meaningful punches, which seemed to have gained the favor of the judges.
Still, for arguably the most competitive and exciting boxing match of 2016, the two protagonists still ended the fight with mutual respect as Fox Sports posted a short clip of Canelo and Cotto embracing each other and exchanging kind words immediately after the final bell rang.
Oscar De La Hoya, the Golden Boy Promotions CEO who handles Canelo's fights, was tentative about proclaiming a Canelo-Golovkin match next.
"I'm not saying he's fighting anyone else, but I'm not announcing anything," said the six-division world champion turned promoter. "We're going to let him rest and then we'll talk about it. Is he going to fight Triple-G? Absolutely, of course. It's not a question. Canelo is willing to fight anyone."
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