On Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Barclays Center, 34-year-old Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs), the reigning WBC, Lineal, and The Ring Middleweight Champion, successfully defended his title against the Australian born former IBF/IBO Middleweight Champion Daniel Geale. Cotto scored a 4-th round TKO after scoring back-to-back knockdowns against Geale, who was unable to continue following the second.

Geale was the much larger fighter, having a significant height, weight and reach advantage, however that did not translate to punching power as Cotto was able to outbox Geale in the early rounds, and use his speed and the power from his left hook to wear down Geale and eventually start unloading with big shots that lead to the stoppage. Overall Cotto was light on his feet, and able to cut angles to land his shots while avoiding taking any significant damage or getting into a brawl with Geale.

A fight with Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez seems all but certain next, as this was further echoed during the post fight interview. The details and timeline for this bout are still unknown, however Cotto did not rule out the possibility of a future bout with Gennady Golovkin post-Álvarez. Many speculated the reason for the Canelo-Cotto fight not happening sooner had to do with money, but that is less likely to be an issue as Cotto has since raised his stock and seems eager to make the match happen sooner rather than later.

Cotto fought last in June of last year where we saw him force Sergio Martinez to retire after the 9th round, as the Argentine fighter was unable to answer the bell from his stool. That win solidified Cotto’s future Hall of Fame status, as he became the first Puerto Rican fighter to win world titles in four different weight classes.

Check out the video above to see highlights from the nights event.