After months of negotiation, Miguel Cotto vs Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is a done deal.
The fight, which is for the true middleweight championship of the world, will take place on November 21st at the Mandalay Bay events centre in Las Vegas, according to co-promoters Roc Nation Sports and Golden Boy promotions.
It was no secret that this fight was in the pipeline, but in recent weeks many people’s expectations had been downgraded to hopes. The talks between the fighter’s teams had been going on for some time and the proposed date was creeping uncomfortably close. Some were undoubtedly beginning to fear the worst, and who could blame them? Modern boxing has conditioned fans to be pessimistic in these situations.
Thankfully, this time disappointment was avoided.
Though the contest will be for Cotto’s middleweight gold, it will take place at a catchweight 5lbs under the division’s 160lbs limit. Catchweight’s have become a controversial topic in the sport recently as they are often put in place to try to give one fighter an advantage.
This is not one of those times, however. Both men are perfectly comfortable making the contracted weight.
David Itskowitch, of Miguel Cotto’s promotional outfit Roc Nation, called the face-off “the biggest fight in boxing, period”. While he could be accused of bias, it is hard to argue with his point.
This bout has so much going for it.
Both men venture into the mouth watering match-up off the back of tremendous and destructive performances. Alvarez flattened James Kirkland in an exhilarating shootout in May, while Cotto obliterated Daniel Geale in June. Both have big names and draw large audiences. They have styles that promise to mesh in such a way as to create exciting action. In addition to all this, the fight represents the latest chapter in boxing’s most intense rivalry – Puerto Rico vs Mexico.
Fight fans may have been left slightly deflated when Floyd Mayweather announced that he would face the undeserving Andre Berto on September 12th, but luckily the rest of the sport’s stars are stepping up to the plate in the coming months.
October and November already promised great action and intriguing battles, but that schedule has just got even better with the addition of this truly tantalizing tear-up.
Here are some highlights from the pair’s recent bouts to whet the appetite.