Daniel Geale vs. Miguel Cotto Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/6/15
Boxing: Saturday, June 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York)
The Line: Daniel Geale +475 / Miguel Angel Cotto -650 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Daniel Geale and Miguel Cotto square off Saturday night at the Barclays Center for the WBC.
Daniel Geale enters this fight with a 31-3 record that includes 16 knockouts. Geale has won five of his last seven fights and is coming off a December victory over Jarrod Fletcher. Geale has split his last four fights and is 0-2 when fighting in the United States. Geale is an active fighter who puts pressure on his opponent with a lot of movement and relies on heavy combinations. Geale is always in excellent shape and forces his opponents to actually outbox him for the victory. Geale’s concern is that he’s not much of a power puncher, so going toe-to-toe with someone like Cotto won’t be the best idea. Geale hasn’t had a knockout victory in nearly five years. This will be Geale’s first time fighting in Brooklyn and second fight in New York.
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Miguel Cotto enters this fight with a 39-4 record that includes 32 knockouts. Cotto has won five of his last seven fights and is coming off a June victory over Sergio Martínez. Cotto enters this fight extremely well rested and will have the home crowd behind him as usual. Cotto really needs no introduction, as he’s possibly the best body puncher in boxing and can land knockout punches from either hand. It’s no secret Cotto has won four of his last five fights by knockout. Cotto’s offensive ability gives him a shot against anybody in the world. The concern I have with Cotto is that he is an old 34 years old and recently lost to a similar fighter in Austin Trout. This will be Cotto’s first time fighting in Brooklyn and 12th fight in New York.
This should be an interesting fight, as Geale does have a history of beating boxers in their hometown. Cotto also hasn’t fought in a year, which has to be somewhat concerning given that two of his four career losses have come in his last four fights.
Still, I’m not sure how you bet against Cotto here. Cotto has lost just one fight in New York and has a strong Puerto Rican following that always gives him an extra boost in the arena. I look for Cotto to land some body punches and ware Geale down over time, giving him a victory in a TKO.