A LOOK AHEAD TO COTTO v GEALE
By TOM WATT on May 12 2015
With Anthony Mundine being forced to push his WBC Super-Welterweight Silver Title fight with Austin Trout the eyes of the Australian Boxing World turn to Daniel Geale and his WBC Middleweight Title shot against Future Hall Of Famer, Miguel Cotto in New York on June 7th.
Although Trout beat Miguel Cotto in what was probably his biggest victory of his career, there can be no questions as to who is the bigger name in the sport and Geale and his team at Grange Old School Boxing have done very well to secure this fight. Mundine was flippant when giving his thoughts on the bout (see our interview here), saying Geale was fighting the guy that lost to his opponent etc. but can we really overlook a man with World Titles in 4 weight classes? Someone who has stepped into the ring with the likes of Mayweather, Pacquiao, Mosley, Judah and Margarito?
When he dismantled long-time conquerer of the Middleweight Division, Sergio Martinez almost a year ago both fans and critics alike were running out of superlatives for the apparently rejuvenated Cotto – reunited with former trainer, Freddie Roach and apparently ready to take on the World. Fast-forward to the present day though and with Cotto not fighting since that potentially career-defining night and his trainer Roach coming under scrutiny for some of his fighter’s performances of late (not to mention Manny Pacquiao’s lackluster performance against Floyd Mayweather) perhaps the time is right for ‘The Real Deal’ to take a career-defining win himself.
Cotto will certainly go into the fight as favourite and at the moment sits at 1.17 for the win (Geale is currently at 4.6) for good reason, he is the defending Champion for a start, and although this is for the WBC belt at 160lbs, the fight itself is scheduled for a catch-weight of 157lbs which should, Cotto hopes, even up the size difference between himself and Geale who is more natural Middleweight. Cotto will also have the benefit of fighting in front of his ‘home’ fans in New York. Despite being the smaller man, Cotto also pips Geale in the power department and will look to capitalise on this, with Roach in his corner expect Cotto to try and smother Geale as he did to Martinez to negate the size/reach difference between the pair.
For Geale the key to success in this fight has to be volume of work and controlling the distance. Against GGG Geale was over-powered and unable to keep the Kazakh destroyer at arm’s length due to his impressive and efficient cutting-off of the ring – Cotto doesn't offer the same level of footwork that Golovkin does and Geale will need to make sure he makes the most of that if he is to come away victorious. When Geale beat fellow Aussie, Jarrod Fletcher in December he out-worked his opponent from beginning to end, peppering him with shots from all angles and this is exactly what he will need to do against the Puerto-Rican superstar. It’s been a few years since Geale last scored a KO (not counting Garth Wood’s retirement in his corner) and it seems unlikely he will have the power to stop Cotto so working behind his crisp combinations and winning the rounds will be vital.
In front of a Cotto’s home crowd Geale will need to make sure he wins rounds clearly in order to be sure the judges will see it the same way and that is where the real battle is, all too often we see home fighters taking rounds that they haven’t deserved either because of bias or more likely because judges are only human and can be affected by a raucous crowd, cheering every time their man has any kind of success. Only last weekend we saw a very close fight between Ricky Burns and Omar Figueroa Jr go to the scorecards only for the cards to read very lop-sided in the home-fighter’s favour.
It will not be an easy night for Daniel Geale, in fact it is likely to be one of the toughest nights of his career to date. Going for a third World Title was never going to be easy though and in Cotto he is facing a man much more suited to the lower divisions. If Geale is able to fully utilise his size advantage and prevent Cotto from cutting off the ring then he has a fantastic chance of taking the fight to Cotto and bringing that WBC World Title belt home to Australia.
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