CANELO ALVAREZ edged Miguel Cotto in an absorbing contest last night (November 21) at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
The younger, bigger Mexican’s strong finish was enough to see him collect the WBC middleweight strap – the one that Cotto was stripped of days before – after 12 engrossing rounds.
The ludicrously wide scores of 118-110, 119-109 and 117-111 bore little resemblance to the action in the ring where the 35-year-old Puerto Rican great relied on his boxing ability to try and keep the stalking Canelo at bay.
Cotto’s movement and jab were superb at times, but his inability to hurt his bigger, stronger rival was evident.
Alvarez declared his intention to fight feared middleweight rival Gennady Golovkin, while Cotto’s trainer, Freddie Roach, lamented the terrible judging.
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