Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez showed how to expertly slip and counter against Miguel Cotto

  • Tom Ward
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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez expertly dodging former opponent Miguel Cotto‘s wild swings before punching him in the face is still incredible.

The current pound-for-pound king challenged the Puerto Rican for the vacant WBC middleweight title on November 25 in Las Vegas.

Cotto, who at the time was 35 years old, was expected to be a tough test for the Mexican boxing darling, billed as a battle between the present and the future.

And while he had to overcome some tough moments, Alvarez secured a unanimous decision victory, with the judges scoring it 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111 to the victor.

The CompuBox punch stats later revealed Cotto landed 155 punches out of 484 thrown, with a striking accuracy of 32 per cent.

For Cotto, he threw 629, with 129 landing to end the fight with a 21 per cent accuracy.

At one point in the fight Alvarez showed off some incredible evasive manoeuvres to dodge Cotto’s wild swings twice without taking any damage.

Canelo then cracked Cotto right on the chin with a sickening uppercut moments later to make him pay for his mistakes.

WATCH: Canelo Alvarez performed the perfect slip and counter against Miguel Cotto

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In the end, it was Alvarez’s superior boxing skills and fight IQ that finally earned him the victory over his rival.

Speaking to ESPN after the fight, Canelo spoke of his respect for the legendary Cotto.

“It’s an emotion I can’t put into words,” he 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.

“I was fully prepared for what Cotto was going to do in the ring, whether that was take a defense stance or be the aggressor.

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“It’s a great victory for me; not just for me, but for all of my country, for all my people, and especially for my team.

“I have a great trainer [Eddy Reynoso]. He brought me here from nothing. I didn’t even know what a jab was.

“That I’m at this level shows the quality of my trainer.

“We knew going into this fight that it would be a difficult journey, but I feel that I was the faster and stronger fighter tonight.

“I wasn’t hurt by his punches.

“It didn’t matter if I landed 10 punches as long as they were 10 well-connected punches and not get hit by his punches.”

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