Cotto vs. Geale: Is the 157 pounds catch weight needed?
By Gerardo Granados: The reader must have noticed that Miguel Cotto won his WBA super welterweight and WBC middleweight titles against injured opponents, if not then you should search for the videos and see for yourself how the brave Yuri Foreman refuse to handle his championship title even though he had a severely injured knee; it was a superb show of hunger and determination worth to watch.
When Cotto won his WBC middleweight strap Sergio Martinez´s knees betrayed him but Maravilla did his best to fight back until his corner stop the beating. And by the way neither Foreman nor Martinez make any excuses after his defeat.
It was reported that this bout has a rematch clause, but that is not a big surprise when a bout is even so why is it the betting odds are up to 1/7 in favor of Cotto? Well maybe that is the reason why this bout has a 157 pound catch weight involved.
Some could consider Cotto as a bit small for the middleweight division but that is no excuse to impose a catch weight limit to the former WBA – IBF middleweight belt holder Daniel Geale who stands 5´10” height, 71” reach and could be considered kind of a natural middleweight. When the A side ask then the B side must obey or risk himself not to be able to land the fight.
When Cotto lost to Manny Pacquiao some argued that the catch weight demanded by the Congressman affected him, so under this premise Daniel Geale will be affected too by the three extra pounds he must shed off. The double standards used by the so called big names will only be used on their benefit exclusively and we the fight fans cannot expect them to allow an opponent any single advantage even if the rules allow them to weight 160.
I think Geale is a live underdog on this one and Cotto will be facing his most dangerous foe in the last five years, Floyd Mayweather Jr was his most difficult due his boxing style but Daniel is natural middle, also a hungry contender with very little to lose and much to gain if he is able to upset the WBC middleweight belt holder.
It has been reported that Cotto is already making plans to fight Canelo Alvarez and maybe even Gennady Golovkin would accept a step aside deal to allow the fight, but first Cotto must defeat a fighter who has the experience and tools to outbox him just as Austin Trout did a couple of years ago; and that is why I am placing my bet on the underdog for this bout.
If Cotto needs a 157 pounds catch weight against Daniel Geale, then would he need or demand a catch weight against Gennady Golovkin? I think he doesn’t need it but what about the reader; does Cotto need to demand a 157 pound catch weight?
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