Miguel Cotto Vs Canelo Alvarez – Preview and Prediction

In possibly the most exciting match up of the year it’s a classic Puerto Rico Vs Mexico match up as Miguel Cotto takes on Canelo Alvarez.

Miguel Cotto is the first and only Puerto Rican to hold 4 world titles in 4 different weight classes while Alvarez is Mexico’s rising star and the biggest Mexican fighter of the moment. This is a huge fight.

Following back to back losses against Floyd Mayweather and Austin Trout Miguel Cotto has looked a rejuvenated fighter under Freddie Roach who took him under his wing in 2013, Cotto is now signed to Jay Z’s Rocnation promotional banner and has put to together 3 stoppage wins under Roach which included winning the WBC world middleweight title stopping Sergio Martinez in 10.

However Cotto has never actually fought at the middleweight limit, when he took the title off Sergio Martinez in June of 2014 it was at a catchweight of 159 with Cotto coming in at 155, in his last outing against Geale he made a weight drained Geale come down to a 157 catchweight limit.

Now Cotto has been stripped of his WBC title after refusing to pay the WBC sanctioning fee for this match up with Canelo Alvarez. The belt is on the line for Alvarez only.

Cotto has been a legend of the sport and an elite fighter for a decade now, he is an exceptional fighter who fights with smart aggression, he can box and move and mixes his punchers up well. A 75% knockout ratio will tell you Cotto can punch and his left hook is a dangerous weapon.

Canelo Alvarez is the rising Mexican star who at only 25 years of age has already amassed an array of world level experience, Alvarez has already been involved in 8 world title fights and has fought the very best the sport can offer.

Despite Cotto’s resurgence under Roach, at 35 years of age and many wars later you can not consider this a fighter in his prime, In Canelo Alvarez we may just be seeing a fighter entering his prime.

Alvarez while a little flat footed at times still has underrated boxing ability and throws unbelievably exceptional combinations to head and body, Canelo can fight at range or mix it up on the inside, and he will be the physically strongest fighter Cotto has faced since moving up in weight.

I think Canelo Alvarez has too many options in this fight; he can fight on the outside and frustrate Cotto or he can fight on the inside where Cotto wants it, either way I believe he wins.

I am expecting the younger, bigger and stronger fighter Alvarez to take this on points or via late stoppage, Ladbrokes have 5/1 on Alvarez rounds 7-12 and I think its good to play.

PREDICTION: ALVAREZ TKO11

BETTING TIP: £20 on Canelo Alvarez rounds 7-12 5/1 Ladbrokes