Miguel Cotto proved too skilled, too strong, for Aussie challenger Daniel Geale on Saturday night in Brooklyn, in a “middleweight” fight which screened on HBO.
Cotto (35 in October), entering at 39-4, had timing and power, after being off for a year. Geale bounced back from a loss to Triple G with a win over Jarrod Fletcher but Cotto, getting angles and digging in left hooks, is no Fletcher.
Early on, Geale (31-3 entering; age 35) held his own. His right hand worked. His hand speed was fine and though a left hook or two to the body made him wince, he held his own.
Till round four…Cotto came out fiery. A left hook to the head dropped Geale. On his butt, he got up, tried to shake it off. He countered, came forward, but a right to the forehead sent him down again. He got up but the ref said no mas. Harvey Dock knew that Geale was too compromised for his own good.
It will be a topic of coversation that Geale had to carve and starve down to 157, and maybe that weakened him. Maybe so…impossible for me to say. But Cotto came out nasty in the fourth, and I’m not sure that at any weight that viciousness wouldn’t have severely bothered him.
Cotto to Max Kellerman said that yes, he’s interested in fighting Canelo soon. He hesitated some when asked about Golovkin, but then said after Canelo, sure, he’s open to that.
BTW, judge Hongtongkam gave Geale the third. Yes, he had some luck in there. But the power hammers in the fourth erased all that…
Cotto went 68-183 and really, once he dcided to get filthy in the fourth, that was all she wrote for Geale. He went 33-127, and landed just 11 of 77 jabs. He did land 22-50 power punches, but his power, compared to Miguels’…no comparison.