Canelo Alvarez Wins WBC Title, Bests Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas

LA VEGAS—Mexico’s most popular redhead Saul “Canelo” Alvarez delivered the win against Puerto Rican rival Miguel Cotto in a strategic battle that saw judges prefer the Mexican’s power over the Boricua’s hit and move tactics on Saturday.

Despite a boisterous crowd of Boricuas and Mexicans eager to see a bloody war, the 11,274 fans at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino saw the youngster Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 Kos) use his 25-year-old confidence to defeat the former champion Cotto (40-5, 33 Kos) and take the vacant WBC middleweight title.

“I’m very happy, he’s a great champion and I have much respect. Now the belt is mine now,” said Alvarez. “This is for all the Mexicans.”

Cotto was forced to abandon the title when the WBC organization stripped him for not paying sanctioning fees before the fight. Only Alvarez could win the title and he did.

The Puerto Rican, who is trained by Freddie Roach, established the stiff left jab early and connected twice in the first round, while Alvarez pounded the body with his right. It was a pattern that the Puerto Rican fighter kept throughout the fight as Alvarez concentrated on the harder blows to the body and head.

Alvarez made a move in the third round as he decided to exchange with Cotto. Several body shots mixed with head blows were delivered successfully by the redhead. From that point on Alvarez seemed confident that Cotto’s punches could not hurt him.

The first half of the fight went back and forth with each using combinations to the head and body. Cotto used the jab well to keep from losing the momentum. After the first six rounds Alvarez began to take over with a more aggressive attack and Cotto preferred to jab and move away from engaging too heavily.

The Mexican redhead scored heavily with left hooks and left and right uppercuts. But nothing seemed to seriously hurt Cotto and he answered back with crisp combinations. After 12 rounds all three judges preferred Alvarez’s power punches to Cotto’s crisp combinations. The scores were 118-110 by Burt Clements, 117-111 John McKaie, and 119-109 Dave Moretti.

“I have respect for Cotto,” said Alvarez, who hugged the former champion.

The new WBC middleweight titlist is also the lineal champion. But will he fight WBA, IBF and IBO titlist Gennady “GGG” Golovkin?

“For sure. I’m fighting him,” said Alvarez. “I have no fear.”

Other bouts

Mexico’s Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-1, 17 Kos) seemingly stole the WBC super featherweight world title with a comeback knockout of titleholder Takashi Miura (29-3-2, 22 Kos) of Japan at 1:31 of the ninth round.

Vargas suffered a knockdown in the fourth round from a perfect right jab-left cross combination from Miura and was on the verge of being overwhelmed in the fight. At the end of the eighth round Miura almost had Vargas knocked out on his feet in the final seconds. It looked like the end was near for Vargas.

The Mexican super featherweight stormed out of his corner the next round and delivered an overhand right that connected to Miura’s chin. He followed that immediately with a right uppercut and down went the Japanese in sections. Miura beat the count and tried to wrap his arms around Vargas but was mostly unsuccessful. It was still early in the round and the Mexican fighter connected again with a flurry of blows including a right to the jaw. Referee Tony Weeks stepped in to stop the fight and Vargas leaped in the air as the crowd erupted at the sudden change of events.

“I’m the champ! I’m the champ,” shouted Vargas. “When I was knocked down in the fourth, I felt even more motivated to win this fight.”

Santa Ana’s Ronny Rios (25-1, 10 Kos) pulled out a victory over Puerto Rico’s Jayson Velez (23-1-1, 16 Kos) despite losing a point for a low blow and seemingly battling the referee throughout the fight to win by unanimous decision. Rios was repeatedly warned for low blows that were on the belt line, but his pinpoint combination punching gave Velez problems throughout the 10 round featherweight fight. The Puerto Rican boxer seemed puzzled by Rios’ combinations and could not get a bead on him. The judges scored it 97-92, 95-94, 96-93 for Rios, who wins the WBC Silverweight featherweight title.

“I felt like I dictated the pace of the fight and I felt like I was landing more power punches than him,” said Rios. “He did throw a few body punches at me that hurt, but they weren’t significant enough for me to stop pressuring him and doing what I needed to do to secure this victory.”

Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux (16-0, 10 Kos) bored the crowd with another lackluster performance in defeating Philippine’s Drian Francisco (28-4-1, 22 Kos) in a 10 round super bantamweight contest. Rigondeaux was recently signed by Roc Nation and instantly placed on the pay-per-view card. But as usual his counter-punch style preferred in the amateurs doesn’t play right in the professional ranks. The crowd booed from the fifth round on. All three judges scored it for Rigondeaux 100-90 twice and 97-93.

Puerto Rico’s Jose Martinez (16-0, 11 Kos) edged Mexican-American fighter Oscar Mojica (8-1) in a battle of super flyweights. Neither fighter was able to significantly hurt the other in a closed distance contest but Martinez did land more consistently toward the second half of the eight round fight. All three judges scored it 78-76 for Martinez.

China’s Zhang Zhilei (6-0, 3 Kos) survived a knockdown in the third round by Juan Goode (6-3, 5 Kos) to win by unanimous decision 38-37 on all three cards. A right hand by Goode dropped Zhilei but it was all he could muster against the Chinese heavyweight.

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COMMENTS

-riverside :

I have always said , cotto looks great vs inferior competion vs Gomez or a shot Martinez or drain geale etc. put in him with top competition he chokes every time


-stormcentre :

Freddy shoulda pushed for a greater (example of his) catchweight (speciality). As Canelo was nowhere near as wasted at the start and throughout the fight, as Geale. Still, all is not lost as; A) There's plenty of great/credible welterweights for Cotto to fight. B) Cotto now has no sanction to tell him or Freddy that they can't try to implement a serious super welterweight and/or middleweight catch-weight in the case (they try to make/avoid) of any possible 3G V Cotto fight. No matter how much the colours spin and the wheels grind; it's still swings and roundabouts when it comes to Freddy and his champions. Cotto still gave a pretty good account of himself though. But it does now show a little just why he needed Freddy and his inferior opponent choices and/or contracted catchweight circus of title defences/fights. It will be interesting to see whom Cotto fights next. Riverside? Any suggestions? :) :)


-Yogo :

A bit harsh Riverside, i thought Cotto did well but was just too small. Canelo looked massive in there and his single shots carried the power. Which judge scored it 119-109? He needs firing on the spot. Whatever the weight permutations Golovkin destroys the Ginger Mex in devastating fashion.


-amayseng :

A bit harsh Riverside, i thought Cotto did well but was just too small. Canelo looked massive in there and his single shots carried the power. Which judge scored it 119-109? He needs firing on the spot. Whatever the weight permutations Golovkin destroys the Ginger Mex in devastating fashion.
Canelo who weighs >170 on fight night and says he himself is too small for a 160lb GGG? Yeah, he will get destroyed


-Radam G :

A bit harsh Riverside, i thought Cotto did well but was just too small. Canelo looked massive in there and his single shots carried the power. Which judge scored it 119-109? He needs firing on the spot. Whatever the weight permutations Golovkin destroys the Ginger Mex in devastating fashion.
The Sin City's corrupted, blind judges are constantly on the cheat. And their arses, you cannot beat. For their severe blindness, the best psychologists in the world should treat. Maybe it is something causing the corrupted judges psychological blindness in the Sin City food that they eat. Fight after fight, the same bulljive these Sin City judges repeat. Holla!


-miguel1 :

I was thinking about it and I would not put it past shameless Oscar to try to sell us Canelo vs Lemieux.


-stormcentre :

Oscar will do all/everything he can to avoid putting Canelo in with 3G. So yes it's an extremely viable option. Lemieux was most likely only ever signed due to the threat 3G is to Canelo, and therefore GBP. After all, what other (marquee) value does David really offer GBP? Oscar would prefer a rematch with Lara than to put Saul in with Gennady Golovkin right now. It's going to be interesting to see how Oscar maneuvers all this and maintains his ""we're about the best fighting the best"" motto. Because if Canelo doesn't honor his WBC obligations (to 3G) that will not only be 2 fighters in a row (and practically simultaneously) that have let go of the WBC trinket/strap due to 3G - it will also be quite shameful from a Mexican standpoint in several ways. Not in the least as the WBC is also Mexican. Man, Canelo's style is tailor made for Gennady's. Gennady would really be able to set him up. But 3G would need to be a little bit more calculated than he usually is. Because Canelo can/will stand/trade centre ring, and that is where Gennady is more vulnerable and possibly weak(er). Oscar can't even move Canelo up in weight and feed us a story about how boiling down was detrimental to Saul's performances. Because - even if that was the case - I reckon (the value of a Canelo fight to) 3G (is such that 3G) would not balk at the weight increase (as he has with Ward) and simply fight Canelo as a Super Middleweight. Add to it all the fact that Canelo's Mexican pride will also probably not allow him to publicly back away from any 3G fight now; and you have some sleepless nights for Oscar no matter what gender clothing he's wearing. Who knows, with all that pressure, maybe boxing is in for another cross dressing Tranny Leak; courtesy of Oscar and some cheap Columbian blow. Hey . . . it's not like it hasn't happened before!!!!!!! Love it. :) :) :)


-Radam G :

Holla at a top pug comment for yourself. A ton of us do not believe that the judges were any good. Ironically Canelo's fellow countryman adamantly agree.
->http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2015/11/22/9780244/Cotto-vs-canelo-results-Marquez-draw-boxing-news. The fix was in in this scrap. GBP and Money May are already talking about a rematch between the gingerbread boy and the self-proclaimed TBE. Holla!


-stormcentre :

Yep, got it loud/clear RG. You backed Cotto and it didn't come through So plan "B" is to utterly rubbish the judges. Whatever bias may have existed ringside with the judges; A) Miguel surely must have known he did himself no favours by refusing to do "business" with the WBC. Even if you must insult him, you never insult the cook "before" you eat. B) I don't think it was enough to say Canelo didn't win. Even though Cotto gave a good account of himself; Canelo was clearly stronger and in control of the fight for most of it. I personally don't think there was any fix. I can, however, imagine a scenario where Canelo rematches Floyd; if Floyd comes out of retirement. Such a fight would allow Oscar to circumvent Canelo facing 3G and justify it by telling us all it's Golden Boy's responsibility to ensure their fighters earn the most; and everybody wants Floyd. Maybe - if it did happen - K2/3G might get some real step-aside money this time; possibly even be wooed by the (contractual?) prospect of facing Floyd. :) :) :)


-SuperLight :

Ah, and I thought we'd finally see all the middleweight belts around one guy's proverbial waist. I haven't watched the fight yet, so can't comment on either fighter or their respective coaches. I was looking forward to seeing Rigondeaux in action. Sounds like I didn't miss out on much.


-Radam G :

Ah, and I thought we'd finally see all the middleweight belts around one guy's proverbial waist. I haven't watched the fight yet, so can't comment on either fighter or their respective coaches. I was looking forward to seeing Rigondeaux in action. Sounds like I didn't miss out on much.
Here goes a link to Cuban Willie Rigo's POS scrap:
->http://boxingvideo.org/drian-francisco-vs-guillermo-rigondeaux-fight-replay/. Holla!


-Radam G :

And, YUP! Here goes a link for the Cotto-Canelo Scrap. A darn close scrap. Not at all a runaway encounter, as the corrupted, blind-arse judges scored:
->http://sportsreplaytube.blogspot.com/2015/11/miguel-cotto-vs-canelo-alvarez.html. Holla!


-miguel1 :

I thought canelo won, and I bet on Cotto. Though it was a great technical fight, the average Joe in the street will call it boring as well. It failed to live up to some expectations. But I did bet the 11.5 under so maybe Im bitter too.


-michigan400 :

Congrats to Canelo! Im bummed Cotto could not pull off a win here but that's how it goes. Hopefully Canelo and GGG get it going soon! They can now fight for the Canelo weight title instead of the Cotto weight strap! Oh wait, same thing! Lol!


-Radam G :

I thought canelo won, and I bet on Cotto. Though it was a great technical fight, the average Joe in the street will call it boring as well. It failed to live up to some expectations. But I did bet the 11.5 under so maybe Im bitter too.
YUP! Money May fought him the same darn way -- technically and on the move. And Money May gets a majority decision. Mi-Co does the same; however, somehow the corrupted judges see a runaway, BIG, BIG, shutout unanimous decision for Canelo. And the talking heads talked up Canelo as if he were doing some awesome syet and not missing and getting tattooed with jabs, check hooks and uppercuts and crosses. Holla!


-Radam G :

Congrats to Canelo! Im bummed Cotto could not pull off a win here but that's how it goes. Hopefully Canelo and GGG get it going soon! They can now fight for the Canelo weight title instead of the Cotto weight strap! Oh wait, same thing! Lol!
Hehehe! You got jokes! That is classic: "They can now fight for the Canelo weight title instead of the Cotto weight strap!..." Holla!


-Radam G :

O-O! The Money May's trolls, peons, groupies, fanfaronades and bulljivers can do nuffin' now, but shut da double fudge up and GTFOH! Holla at how Money May also stood up for the principles of da game, and said that the judges were full of syet. And scored like lovestruck bytches in heat for the red-headed superhype:
->http://fighthype.com/mayweathernews/mayweather_comments_canelo_beating_cotto.html. Never mind what the self-proclaimed TBE says about Top Notch Trainer Ready Freddie "No Joke Super Coach" Roach. Holla!