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Cotto demolishes Geale

By John J. Raspanti

WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) made the first defense of his middleweight crown a successful one by blasting out former champion Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) in round four at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Cotto, 34, landed a big left hook to the body a mere after the opening bell. The punch was foreshadowing for what would transpire later in the match. A short compact jab caused Geale to stumble.

The 34-year-old Geale seemed unsure what to do. He likely expected Cotto to stalk him from the onset, but instead the four-time titleholder was working his jab. Cotto can box--and Geale was finding that out.

The taller Geale landed a overhand right in round two. Cotto ignored the blow and went back to his money punch, the left hook. He was outpunching and outworking his opponent.

Cotto continued to dominate the action in round three. He looked extra sharp while Geale searched for answers. There were none forthcoming. Cotto had found his rhythm and there was nothing Geale could do about it. He did clip Cotto with another right, but the blow had no effect.

In round four, Cotto forced Geale into the ropes and fired a right hand. Geale dropped his right glove ever so slightly--allowing Cotto to unleash a tomahawk left hook. The blow crashed off the chin of Geale--sending the man from Australia crashing to the canvas.

Geale barely beat the count. He languished on the ropes and waited for Cotto to pounce. It didn’t take long.

Cotto waded in and let fly with a variety of hooks to the body and head.

Geale tried to fight back, but a right floored him for the second time.

Geale got up again, but referee Harvey Dock quickly waved off the contest.

The time 1:28 seconds of round four.

“He’s the best thing (Freddie Roach) that ever happened to my career,” said Cotto in the ring after the fight. “He gets the best from you. He makes me better everyday.”

It appears that Cotto will meet Canelo Alvarez in the fall.

Let the bombs begin.


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