*Note: WBC title on the line for Canelo Alvarez only, after Cotto allegedly failed to pay a WBC sanctioning fee.
Hall of fame trainer Freddie Roach has said that Canelo Alvarez will fade and that Miguel Cotto’s body shots and experience will see him through against the 25-year-old Mexican star.
Cotto defends his WBC World Middleweight title against Canelo on November 21, exclusively live in the UK on BoxNation, as Cotto’s trainer Roach is adamant that his man will win by knockout.
“By the seventh, eighth round, I think we’ll have [Canelo] about ready to go. I just have a more experienced, smarter fighter, to be honest with you,” Roach said, speaking to Fight Hub TV.
“I think that the most dangerous part of the fight will be early. I think [Canelo’s] going to go for the knockout early, and that’s his best shot. If you watch the tapes on him, he starts to fade about four or five rounds in.
“The body shots are going to kill him.”
Cotto, 35, has fought fewer fights and rounds than Canelo, but Roach believes that Cotto, a veteran of 23 world title fights, has the edge over his Mexican rival in terms of experience.
“Miguel was where he was at one time, but the thing is, Miguel had to learn the process of how to beat guys like this. His opponent hasn’t learned that yet. I don’t think he’s that great a fighter. His last opponent [James Kirkland, R3 KO], the fighter had just got out of jail. A tough guy, but not a big, big name to me.
“They told me that we fought three nobodies in our comeback fight. Either the commissions aren’t doing their job or Miguel’s just doing his job, but [the commissions] gave them permission to fight.
“Then the fighter from Australia [Daniel Geale, R4 TKO] was a two-time world champion. He was no stiff. To win a world title takes a lot. I think we’ve fought better calibre fighters in the last few years, and I think we’re still on top.”
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