Huge fight in store coming up on Saturday, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY, with the WBC world middleweight title on the line. Champion Miguel “Junito” Cotto meets Daniel “Real Deal”Geale, 12 rounds, both fighters agreeing to 157 lb limit.
The title makes its first appearance in Brooklyn, after being contested and won by Gennady Golovkin the last 3 occasions, in both California and in Monaco. Cotto last held the title in his win over Marco Antonio Rubio in NYC nearly a year to the day.
Geale is Boxrec’s #7 middleweight and #1 out of Australia. It is just his 3rd fight outside of his home continent. Cotto is his 2nd opponent who has over 40 fights lifetime. This will be his 14th consecutive title fight of any sort. He took the vacant PABA and interim WBO Asia Pacific titles within the division upon his defeat of Jarrod Fletcher last December. Alternating wins and losses in last 5. Lifetime 31-3-0, 16 wins and 1 loss by KO. 12-round record of 16-3, including 1 early KO, and 2 late KO wins.
Excellent cycles in general,scoring high in physical, mental, intuitive, aesthetic, mastery, passion, wisdom. In the midst of triple high regarding main cycles.
Cotto makes his first title defense since reclaiming this belt. It’s his first appearance in Brooklyn as well. 39-4-0, with 32 wins and 4 losses via KO. 12-round record: 25-4, with 3 early KOs, 8 middle round KOs, 6 late KOs. 2 wins in last 4.
Tough one for Cotto as he’s failing physically and plummeting toward a physical critical day, where he’s not going to feel his own punches and could bleed more here. Mentally he’s improving but fuzzy still. Emotional outlook is still positive. a Overall, Cotto’s awareness in the ring is as strong as it can be,but it cannot translate to a win.
I foresee a late KO by Geale for him to become the new champion.