CANELO & COTTO DEBATE CATCH-WEIGHT
By TOM WATT on July 2 2015
Boxing’s next ‘Mega-fight’ - a showdown between Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto is edging closer to being confirmed with provisional dates of November 7th and November 21st being reported. However, the latest snag in negotiations has been, as seems to be the way right now, the agreed catch-weight for the bout. Alverez, who has campaigned at 154lbs for the majority of his career is apparently asking to fight at 156lbs. Cotto, the current WBC Middleweight (160lbs) Champion is requesting to fight at 155lbs – one pound less.
The conversation surrounding catch-weights and their place in the sport has been rife recently with Cotto and his team having a large part to play in that given their demands to defend the 160lb Middleweight Title against Daniel Geale at a catch weight of 157lbs, there are those who believe Cotto has earnt his right to demand a catch-weight and others who say that a World Title should be fought at the regulated weight, particularly considering the number of weight divisions in the modern game.
Whether or not you agree with them, catch-weights are here to stay and set to be a key part of negotiations for this huge fight. Canelo, who re-hydrates heavily after weigh-ins, has had no issues with making weight in the past and 1lbs is hardly likely to make that much of a difference to the young Mexican unless a re-hydration clause is re-introduced as we saw with the recent Broner Porter fight on PBC. It seems more likely that this stumbling block is a clash of egos rather than a battle for a physical advantage, with Cotto campaigning at Middleweight recently it may seem odd that his tea have opted for the lower weight but given Canelo’s natural size advantage it is hardly surprising.
Don’t expect this to be the last pain point in negotiations, Cotto has a history in recent times of wanting to control negotiations and impose his own stipulations, stipulations that led to long-time Middleweight Supremo, Sergio Martinez labeling the Puerto Rican a ‘Diva’ due to his ‘absurd’ demands in the run up to their fight which included entering the ring second and fighting out of the red corner. Canelo for his part is a hugely popular figure in Latin America and Cotto will understand that the numbers this fight will do is in no small part down to the popularity of his opponent as much as himself and we may see him being a little more flexible in his demands, although we have seen before with Cotto before that he is happy to walk away If things aren’t going well.
(Above) Canelo and Cotto appear together before Mayweather V Cotto and Canelo V Mosley
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