By Jacob Smith
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is still revelling in victory after being crowned the new WBC Middleweight Champion courtesy of a unanimous decision victory over Puerto Rican veteran Miguel Cotto.
Canelo took all three of the judges’ scorecards 11-1, 10-2 and 9-3 in what was a dominating performance by the Mexican, what is the next move for both of these fighters?
What does another crushing defeat for Miguel Cotto mean? After suffering the fifth loss of his career Cotto must be scratching his head over what is the next step. Since beginning his career at junior welterweight Cotto has made the rare rise up to middleweight and his latest defeat would suggest a drop in division is needed.
If retirement is not an option for Cotto, junior middleweight would be the most obvious division where he would be greeted by the Charlo twins and Demitrius Andrade, all of whom are tall, rangy fighters, which contrasts Cotto’s height at 5’7. All three fighters would welcome the opportunity of a big purse fight against Cotto.
Before losing to Canelo, Cotto enjoyed a three fight winning streak under the guidance of iconic trainer Freddy Roach, which will give him hope that he can still achieve big things in the sport. After all, Alvarez is a youthful and skilful fighter who is well and truly on his way to the pinnacle of boxing.
Canelo was the bookmaker and fan favourite going into the bout and the display in the ring left no uncertainties of this. A huge fight against the undefeated Kazakh Gennady Golovkin is the talk of the boxing world.
Canelo said: “If you want me to fight him right now (Golovkin), put the gloves on and I’ll fight him right now. I respect he’s a great champion, but right now I’ll put the gloves on against him”.
Canelo’s only defeat was against former pound for pound World Champion Floyd Mayweather. Canelo is signed to Golden Boy Promotions and CEO Oscar De La Hoya hasn’t been shy of his desire to see this fight take place.