Feature | Jan 08 2016

Canelo Alvarez will receive WBC middleweight title on Monday

Relive Canelo's championship winning performance against Miguel Cotto with Matt Christie's ringside report
Canelo Alvarez
19  |  Naoki Fukuda

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will receive the WBC middleweight title in a presentation at the Museo Soumaya en Plaza Carso in Mexico on Monday, January 11. Relive his November 21 world championship winning performance against Miguel Cotto with Matt Christie’s ringside report:

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 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.

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.”