Miguel Cotto Will Defend Middleweight Title Against Golovkin/Rubio Winner

by Rory Kernaghan | Posted on Sunday, August 24th, 2014 | 0

WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto won the belt from Sergio Martinez just two months ago, and the boxing commission has ordered him to defend it. Their choice is the winner of the freshly scheduled WBA/IBO title fight between Gennady Golovkin and resurgent banger Marco Antonio Rubio. A natural welterweight, Cotto has four pro losses, but only to top competition. Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Austin Trout and Antonio Margarito all beat “Junito”. How is he going to manage against much bigger guys like GGG?


Niguel Cotto claimed the WBC middleweight strap from an aged “Maravilla” in dramatic fashion this past June, and may not get the chance to defend it once. I’d be very surprised indeed if he opted to face a surging force like Golovkin at this stage in his career, let alone someone half a foot bigger than him. GGG is 30-0 with 27 wins by way of knockout. It would be a give away for “Junito” to accept this fight, but stranger things have happened.

Golovkin’s last defense of his title was a third round TKO win over Daniel Geale in Madison Square Garden, this past July. The “Good Boy” has proved many times that he is worth his weight, and has put together 11 successful middleweight title defenses. This could be a spanner n the works for many reasons. First and foremost, Cotto doesn’t want to lower his stock. The 33-year old may only have 5-10 more good fights in him, and he doesn’t want promoters and fans to think he is ducking Golovkin.

Equally, a loss to GGG would lower his sellability for obvious reasons. It would appear that Miguel Cotto is stuck between a rock and a hard place right now. He eithe needs to accept a very dangerous fight against a bigger boxer, or vacate the belt in search of a potential “Canelo” fight that is being talked about. It’s a tough choice, but one that Miguel Cotto must have seen coming when he signed to fight Sergio Martinez Martinez.

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