Cotto’s old trainer wants him to fight Chavez Jr. next to try and capture his 4th division world title
By Dan Ambrose: WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto’s uncle/ex-trainer Evangelista Cotto reportedly wants Cotto to step up and face WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KO’s) next in order for Cotto to try and make history by winning a 4th division world title.
As of now, Cotto has captured world titles in the following divisions: Light welterweight, (140 lbs), welterweight (147lbs), and junior middleweight (154lbs). But Evangelista now wants Cotto to face the young Chavez Jr. to try and take his World Boxing Council middleweight title from him.
Here’s my take on this: I think it’s an idea doomed for failure. First of all, former WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez was promised a fight against Chavez Jr. next by WBC president Jose Sulaiman. And recently Sulaiman once again said that unless Chavez Jr. fights Martinez next his title will go vacant.
I know Cotto and his promoter Bob Arum really want the Chavez Jr. fight, but the luster will be off to a major degree once the WBC title is stripped from Chavez Jr. for not facing Martinez. Okay, that’s one big problem that gets in the way of a Chavez-Cotto fight. The other issue is I think Chavez Jr. would be the daylights out of Cotto.
Chavez Jr. may be a paper champion, but the guy is huge and can punch. Chavez Jr. is used to fighting bigger fighters and you put him in with a little guy like Cotto, and he’s not going to be bothered in the least by Cotto’s shots. But Cotto will be bothered by his punches, believe me. Cotto is small old lion and Chavez Jr. is a big young lion with all his teeth and claws intact. He’d do a number on the fading Cotto. I like the fight because it would be great for Chavez’s career but I think it will be bad for Cotto. After he gets beat by Chavez Jr., he can pretty much forget about a Manny Pacquiao rematch. I mean maybe Arum will still put him back in with Antonio Margarito, so there’s that fight, but forget about Pacquiao.
And all that running, shoving and holding that Cotto did against Antonio Margarito last Saturday night would be useless against Chavez Jr. For a middleweight, Chavexz Jr. moves well around the ring, has excellent range with his punches, and a great jab.
Chavez also has good skin around his eyes and isn’t prone to cuts the way that Margarito was. Cotto would be force to fight the entire 12 rounds instead of just nine, and that’s going to be a problem for him because he’s got no stamina and bad skin. You let a young kid like Chavez Jr. bang on you for 12 rounds and something is going to give, especially with Chavez’s size advantage.
Cotto would come into the fight weighing 160, but that’s nothing. Chavez Jr. will likely be a hulking 180 lbs, and would be moving Cotto around with every punch he lands. I see this as an easy fight for Chavez Jr., and that’s not because I think he’s the best middleweight in the division because I don’t. I just think he’s a lot bigger, and superior to Cotto.
He’s not someone that’s coming into the ring with a bad leg like Yuri Foreman, old like Ricardo Mayorga or with a bad eye like Margarito. Chavez Jr. would be without physical limitations and I see a Cotto in for a major whipping against this guy. Bob Arum knows what he’s doing matching Chavez Jr. with Cotto. Look at it this way: Cotto is on his way out, while Chavez Jr. is on his way up. Arum is smart enough to know that Chavez Jr. will be too big for Cotto, and knows that Chavez Jr. isn’t afflicted like Cotto’s last three opponents have been with either age or physical problems. Cotto will not win a 4th world division world title, that’s my prediction.