On Saturday night in Las Vegas Mexico’s rising star, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, graduated into their superstar with a hard earned points victory over Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto. And claimed the WBC middleweight title in the process. In a fight that did not quite live up to the “fight of the year” predictions from some (the current author included), the rugged Mexican simply had too much power, strength and size for the lineal middleweight champion.
Cotto who tried to nullify the young challengers powerful advantages with expert movement ensured that the expected fireworks never quite materialised. It was still an intriguing match up however and immense credit must be giving to the Mexican for his improvements in his footwork since the 2013 loss to Mayweather and a slim victory over Cuban Erislandy Lara last year.
Canelo was given the nod with scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111, seen as unfair towards Cotto by most observers as the fight did seem closer.
Immediately after the fight, talk switched to a potential meeting with the other middleweight force “GGG” Golovkin. “If we do fight, it is going to be at my weight class. I am the champion, i do not have to do what he wants” was the Mexicans response when asked about the match up. Clearly referring to any possible fight at a catch-weight, as Saturday’s fight took place 5 pounds below the 160 pound weight limit. It is not a case of doing what Golovkin wants however it is simply a case of respecting the world title, the belt is for the middleweight crown, so fight at the middleweight limit.
“Much respect to Miguel Cotto. He is a great champion. But now its my era.” Unfortunately for boxing Canelo it seems it is more likely the era of the catch-weight.