One of the biggest fights of the last few years is just two weeks away. Canelo Alvarez challenges Miguel Cotto on Saturday, Nov. 21 for his WBC middleweight title, and there’s a good chance the champ will lose his belt.
Alvarez enters the bout having suffered his only career loss to Floyd Mayweather. At 10 years younger than Cotto, the Mexican is expected to outlast the Puerto Rican champ. Alvarez is a -300 favorite at Bovada.lv, hoping to claim his fourth straight victory.
Against James Kirkland on May 9, Alvarez needed less than three rounds to get the 32nd knockout of his career. He’s established himself as one of boxing’s best young fighters, and he’ll be at the top of the sport for years to come. But Cotto can’t be counted out, as he continues to thrive in the latter part of his career.
Cotto won 37 of his first 39 fights, only losing amid controversy to Antonio Margarito and falling to Manny Pacquiao. After back-to-back defeats against Mayweather and Austin Trout, Cotto looked like he might be heading into the final stages of his career. But he linked up with trainer Freddie Roach and has revitalized his career.
Even at 35 years old, Cotto is at the top of his game and not worried about having to face a much younger competitor.
“I don’t think about any of that,” Cotto told The Los Angeles Times. “I’m just here to do my work, no matter what age he has, no matter what age I have. I’m here to do my work the best I can and I guarantee to you on Nov. 21, the Miguel Cotto you’re going to see is the best Miguel Cotto you’ve ever seen in your life.”
When he last fought on June 6, Cotto knocked out Daniel Geale in the fourth round. He previously knocked out Sergio Martinez and Delvin Rodriguez, needing just 13 total rounds to win the two fights.
In the last few weeks, the betting odds have slightly shifted towards Cotto. Alvarez was a -325 favorite at one point, and Cotto’s odds have gone from -250 to -230. Roach is confident in his fighter with the belief that he can pull off the upset.
If Cotto does beat Alvarez, the fight will likely go the distance. Even though Cotto’s last seven wins have resulted from early stoppages, getting into a brawl would favor his opponent.
“In this particular fight, the game plan is to try and box, so I hope he’ll be happy with that,” Roach said to RingTV.com. “It might end up in a brawl. There’s things you can’t control, and this might be one of them. If a war starts, we brought in a couple of guys with heavy punches for sparring partners just in case that happens.”
Alvarez has never been knocked out in his career, while Cotto has suffered two defeats by TKO.
Tickets to see the fight at Madalay Bay in Las Vegas are still available at ticketmaster.com. The most expensive seats cost $2,000, and the cheapest tickets can be had for $650. Seats in the last level are sold out at Ticketmaster, but they are available on StubHub for as little as $480.