Boxing Preview – Miguel Cotto vs Daniel Geale

Boxing Preview – Miguel Cotto vs Daniel Geale

3am) Miguel Cotto vs Daniel Geale

Following last weekend’s packed schedule of Boxing, this weekend is relatively quiet in comparison, however we do have a World championship fight to look forward to. The WBC World middleweight championship will be put on the line this weekend in Brooklyn, as the Puerto Rican legend, Miguel Cotto, seeks to build on his legacy by defending his belt for the first time since he won it, exactly a year ago. He will be fending off a challenge from the Australian middleweight contender, and veteran, Daniel Geale.

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There was a lot of talk a year or so ago that Miguel Cotto was a renovated Boxer with new goals. Following two straight losses in 2012 to Floyd Mayweather and Austin Trout, he needed to find his love for Boxing again, which came back with the help of Freddie Roach. He stopped Delvin Rodriguez in three rounds in 2013, and then winning the belt he holds today in June 2014, brutally stopping Sergio Gabriel Martinez in the 10th round, and forcing him to retire from professional Boxing. He looks like a World beater again, and he will be seeking to add Geale to the list along with Margarito, Clottey, Mosley, Judah and Martinez of top level fighters he has beaten. He currently holds a 43 fight record, with 39 wins and 32 stoppages.

Cotto is one of the most imposing ring generals in the game today, and he more often than not gets to control the tempo and distance of the fight. He excels being the puppet master, and he combines this with a game which is incredibly well rounded, presenting no obvious chinks in his armour. His punch is crisp and calculated, he has some bang in both hands, and his jab really excels in ring generalship. That being said, Cotto is not a natural middleweight like Geale is. His frame and reach were even slightly small at welterweight, so Geale could gain the upper hand in this tilt by imposing his size upon Cotto. His body punching is pivotal in this contest and his dangerous right hood will be a fight breaker.


Daniel Geale has gone beyond the port of call for Australian Boxing. The former World champion has brought success to a country not usually associated with Boxing, and he continues to defy the odds even at the age of 34. Despite losing IBF belt to Darren Barker, after dropping him to the canvas, back in 2012, and a quick second round KO loss to Gennady Golovkin last year, Geale has excelled domestically in two of his last three bouts against the best domestic opposition in Garth Wood and Jarrod Fletcher, stopping Wood in the 6th and winning a one-sided decision against Fletcher. He’s racked up wins against the likes of Anthony Mundine, Felix Sturm and Daniel Dawson on the way to a 34 fight record, boasting 31 wins and 16 stoppages.

Geale is one of the most spritely and hardest working middleweights in the world, other than Golovkin. He has a high work rate in the ring and usually shows a high punch output. He’s tough and responds to damaging blows very well, again disregard Golovkin who is a freak of nature. He will attempt to win fights by out-tough-ing his opposition and by being like a fly to his opposition, never leaving them alone. Geale however is very monotonous with his rhythm and punching. He will keep it very basic and search, in latter rounds, for big punches which usually swing from the outside. Cotto will jump on this and will counterpunch effectively to the body. Geale will also always try and adjust to Cotto who will be controlling the fight, and this could mean Geale may not find much offence. Geale will need to use his size to throw Cotto off his guard and to be a lot more active than Cotto.

There’s a few questions off the back of this fight being made as to why exactly it was made seeing as Geale was badly hurt against Golovkin and many thought a win versus Fletcher didn’t necessarily legislate a shot at a World championship. It is what it is however. That being said, Geale has had a lot of problem with his weight this fight, and two day before Friday’s weigh-in, he was 9lbs above the 157lb catchweight. He managed to make 157lbs, however myself, and I’m sure plenty of other Boxing fans noticed that Geale looked like a ghost at the weigh-in. He looked very boney, pale, and just tired. He quite frankly looked ill. This doesn’t bode well for Geale who was very much in at the deep end in this fight to begin with. I expect this to be very tit-for-tat to begin with, but once Cotto notices that he has the upperhand because Geale’s physical condition isn’t where it should be, he will be counterpunching whenever he sees the opportunitiy, just picking him as he goes. Although Geale deals well with power, this is the second most powerful man behind Golovkin he’s faced, and even in his last contest against Jarrod Fletcher, despite winning the rounds, he looked like he got caught a few times. I think this fight is stopped in the middle rounds after Cotto unleashes a kamikaze attack on Geale’s body. Cotto to retain in the middle rounds.


Dan Glozier.



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