Roach: Cotto won first fight, Canelo rematch number one choice

Phil Jay 08/11/2016


Trainer Freddie Roach wants to land a second fight with Canelo Alvarez next year and believes Miguel Cotto won their first meeting in 2015.

Cotto, 36, hasn’t graced the ring since apparently being comprehensively out-pointed by the Mexican superstar, something Roach certainly doesn’t agree with despite scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111 on the night.

Early rumours of a clash with Canelo’s compatriot Juan Manuel Marquez subsided earlier this year as Cotto decided to take the rest of the year off and come back stronger in 2017.

Approaching a full year out of action, Roach is still confident Cotto could make a sensational return to form and become only the second man to defeat you current super-welterweight title holder after Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“I’ve heard many opponents and many fights fall apart, I’m anxious to get back in the ring again with him because the layoff has been a little bit too long, but hopefully we get Canelo in a rematch, because I thought we won the first one and that’s my number one choice for him,” Roach told Jenna J of On the Ropes Radio.

“I thought we out boxed him, that was the gameplan going in and if we fought him one more time we would have to sit down on our punches a little more, use our power a little bit, cause we boxed him a little bit too much in the first fight and didn’t use our power that he does have.

“I think he has to use his power shots a little bit more,” added Roach.

It’s unclear if Roach would want the fight at 154 or 160, whilst it’s also debatable whether the interest for another helping of the Puerto Rico v Mexico battle is there moving forward.