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LAS VEGAS---Canelo Alvarez made
a case for himself as boxing s next star
Saturday night, landing the bigger
punches to take a unanimous decision
over Miguel Cotto and win a piece of
the middleweight title.
Alvarez took the fight to Cotto from
the opening bell, winning rounds with
big right hands and uppercuts. Cotto
tried to box and had his moments, but
Alvarez was clearly ahead as the crowd
stood on its feet as both fighters traded
punches in the final rounds.
Alvarez won the WBC version of the
title that Cotto vacated days earlier for
not paying sanctioning fees. His win
set up a possible megafight with Gen-
nady Golovkin, the middleweight
champion who was watching at ring-
"With all due respect if he wants to
fight right now I ll put the gloves on
and fight him," Alvarez said.
Alvarez won by scores of 117-11, 119-
109 and 118-110. The Associated Press
had him ahead 116-112. Alvarez, whose
only loss came to Floyd Mayweather
Jr., set the tone early, winging big left
hooks in the first round that Cotto
largely avoided. As the fight went on,
though, he began landing more of his
punches as he patiently stalked Cotto
around the ring.
Cotto boxed well at times and landed
flurries of punches, but his didn t seem
to have nearly the same power as those
thrown by Alvarez. In the final rounds,
Alvarez caught Cotto with a series of
punches that seemed to shake him
some though he was never down and
never appeared in real trouble.
"It s an emotion I can t put into
words," Alvarez said. "I m very happy
and much respect to Miguel Cotto. I
will always respect him and he s a great
champion but now it s my era."
Cotto expressed disappointment in
the judges decision, but left the ring
"We thought it was much closer than
the scorecards showed," said Cotto s
trainer, Freddie Roach. "It was a com-
petitive fight." Alvarez went into Cotto s
locker room after the fight, telling the
fighter he just beat that "I admire you."
Though the fight was for a 160-
pound title it was fought at a catch
weight of 155 pounds. Alvarez weighed
exactly that the day before the fight,
but after rehydrating appeared much
larger in the ring than did Cotto, who
was 153 1/2 pounds at the official
Alvarez was a 3-1 favourite coming
into the bout, largely because he is 10
years younger than Cotto and a bigger
puncher. The ages didn t seem to make
a difference, but the ringside judges
were surely influenced by the harder
punches that the red-headed Alvarez
Cotto was credited with throwing
629 punches to 484 for Alvarez, but
Alvarez landed 155 to 129 for Cotto.
Cotto had vowed to pull the upset
by using his boxing skills, and at times
he was quite effective. But by the third
round, Alvarez was landing some of
the big punches he was winging at
The fight was the latest in the boxing
rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Alvarez, from Mexico, was the clear
favorite of the crowd at the Mandalay
Bay casino. But Cotto was competitive
and a lot of the early rounds were close.
The action picked up in the eighth
round, with both fighters trading
punches. Again, Alvarez landed the
harder shots, using his uppercut effec-
tively and shaking Cotto with punches
to the head.
Cotto, who earned $15 million, fell
to 40-5, while Alvarez improved to 46-
1-1. In a wild fight on the undercard,
Francisco Vargas seemed to be taking
a beating and was half blinded before
coming back to stop Takashi Miura of
Japan at 1:31 of the ninth round.
Vargas won a piece of the 130-pound
title, but paid a price to do it. He was
knocked down once and staggered at
the end of the eighth round, and the
ring doctor looked closely at his swollen
right eye before allowing the fight to
continue in the ninth.
When it did, Vargas landed a sudden
right and left that knocked Miura down.
He followed it by chasing the champion
around the ring, finally landing a series
of shots to the head that prompted the
referee to step in and stop the bout.
Vargas, of Mexico, improved to 23-
0-1, while Miura fell to 29-3-2.
Alvarez makes case
as boxing's new star
Miguel Cotto, right, of
Puerto Rico, hits Canelo
Alvarez, of Mexico, during
a WBC middleweight title
bout Saturday in Las
Vegas. AP PHOTO
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