Cotto: I won’t use Chavez Jr’s final round strategy against Martinez
World middleweight title challenger Miguel Cotto is set to avoid Julio Cesar Chavez Jr’s final round tactics against Sergio Martinez when the Puerto Rican aims for a fourth weight championship on Saturday night.
Trainer Freddie Roach coached Chavez to a wide points defeat against Martinez in September 2012, although the Mexican had ‘Maravilla’ in serious trouble in the final round and almost pulled off a shock win.
Cotto, 33, fights the Argentinian veteran in his home from home at Madison Square Garden in New York, but say’s mimicking Chavez and going for a late KO is not part of his plan for Martinez this weekend.
“I have followed every single direction that Freddie has given me. We have been working really hard to get in to this fight in our best,” said Cotto.
“Everybody knows the fighter that I am and what I capable to do in the ring. Chavez is Chavez but Miguel Cotto is Miguel Cotto.
“As everyone in boxing knows styles makes fights. I believe my style and my experience will be very important in this battle with Sergio Martinez. I am coming to fight the way I know how to do it and it has nothing to do with how other boxers fighting certain opponents.
“In the preparation for this fight I have focus on what Freddie has ask me to do and I am prepare to go 12 hard rounds and to battle every minute of every round. I have always believed that you win fights round by round. I prepare to fight my fight and make adjustments as the fight goes along and I will be ready to go to war at any time.
“All boxers are different and we all approach the fights in different ways. This fight is very important to me and I have prepared the best way that I can. I will find a way to win and take the title back to Puerto Rico.
Cotto vs. Martinez happens Saturday, June 7 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
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Cotto vs. Martinez happens Saturday, June 7 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The fight is also live on BoxNation in the UK. Subscribe at BoxNation