Cotto stops Geale to retain middleweight crown
- Updated: June 6, 2015
Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) came out firing tonight in defense of his middleweight title, as he scored a fourth-round TKO win over Daniel Geale (31-4, 16 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
In the opening round, Cotto got off to a good start, as he put in some work to the body while two left hooks landed clean on Geale which seemed to stun him.
The second and third rounds were much of the same, as Cotto moved well and kept the larger Geale, who actually came in at 182 pounds tonight (Cotto was 156), on the outside.
In the fourth round, Cotto landed a left hook that put Geale down hard. He got up and took a beating in the corner before another left hook put him down again. After getting up, he told the ref he was done and the fight was waived off.
“He [Roach] is the best thing that has happened to my career,” Cotto proclaimed after the win. Cotto is now 3-0 with 3 KOs since hooking up with Roach, following his loss to Austin Trout.
Asked about fighting Canelo Alvarez next, Cotto declared that he would be “just another win.”
With Gennady Golovkin also at ringside to watch the fight, Cotto somewhat hesitated but said, “Canelo sounds to be the next one. After that if Gennady is available to fight, I am too.”