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On This Day: Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez go to war

Younger, fresher Canelo Alvarez targets Gennady Golovkin after edging brilliant veteran Miguel Cotto, but scorecards do not reflect fight, wrote Matt Christie from ringside in Vegas on November 21, 2015
Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez  |  Naoki Fukuda

35-year-old Miguel Cotto’s history of violence has taken plenty of hard knocks along the way. The latest were the insulting scorecards that handed Saul “Canelo” Alvarez a lopsided victory after 12 close rounds, causing the Puerto Rican veteran to storm from the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas ring in disgust, and his trainer Freddie Roach to rage at officials in utter disbelief. That’s not to say that Alvarez didn’t deserve his triumph in Las Vegas – he did – but the scores of 117-111 (John McKaie), 118-110 (Burt A. Clements) and 119-109 (Dave Moretti) were indeed perplexing after a top-drawer scrap that swung both ways.

Miguel Cotto opted to not attend the post-fight press conference, such was his disappointment, leaving a seething Roach to field questions from the media. “I thought my guy fought a good fight,” he said. “We had a game plan to outbox him and I thought we did that. His [Cotto’s] defence was impeccable and he threw lots of good combinations. I don’t know what those scores were about. It was a good, close fight, a competitive fight… There’s four members in our team and not one of them thought he lost. The scoring was bad. There’s no f****** way we lost by that much. We won the fight.”

The esteemed coach – credited with turning the Puerto Rican’s career around in recent years – did admit that Cotto gave away a few rounds, but when asked by a young reporter which ones in particular, Roach suddenly snapped.


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