Middleweight champion Miguel Cotto breezed to a fourth-round TKO over Australian Daniel Geale on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Referee Harvey Dock asked Geale if he wanted to continue after a second knockdown in the round, and Geale said no.
It was an all-around convinving win for Cotto. The Puerto Rican star showed little sign of weakness in the first three rounds, and used a steady stream of left hook to stop Geale.
"I just tried to do my best. I caught him with a really hard left hook," said Cotto.
Cotto praised trainer Freddie Roach after the victory. "He's the best thing to have ever happened to my career," said Cotto.
The victory likely sets up a fight with Mexican boxing star Canelo Alvarez. Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, who was at the fight, is another possibility.
This is how International Business Times scored the fight.
Both boxers began the opening minute rather aggressive. Cotto went to the body, and also landed a pair of solid left hooks midway through the round. Geale has taken a lot of hits, but actually showed some promise. Cotto landed 14 shots, Geale landed nine.
Cotto with another fine left hook in the opening minute. He has gone to the body a lot. Geale bounced around, and has taken some solid blows. This was another strong round for Cotto, though Geale is hanging in there by absorbing some solid body shots.
Cotto showed some excellent defense to avoid Geale's power punches. It was another round that had Cotto landing left hooks to the body. Rather quiet round, but that's probably good for Cotto who looks comfortable with some solid defense.
Cotto dropped Geale with a solid left hook at 2:28. It was a hard shot that clearly stunned Geale. Cotto later had Geale trapped in the corner, which led to another knock down as Geale tried to fight back. Geale gave up on the second knocked down, which was on a hard counter right by Cotto, despite getting up quickly and taking another standing eight count. Cotto landed the punch at 1:45. The two boxer had exchanged some furious punches, but Geale couldn't land anything significant.
Final Result: Cotto wins by technical knockout. Cotto landed 68 punches compared to Geale who landed 33. Cotto also landed at 37 percent, compared to Geale who landed at 26 percent.