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article imageOp-Ed: Why Cotto needs to drag fight to late rounds to win over Alvarez

By Leo Reyes     Oct 31, 2015 in Sports
Mexican boxing superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Filipino-American boxer Brian Viloria have one thing in common when it comes to endurance—they both tire out after six rounds which make them vulnerable to late attack by an opponent with better stamina
The best person to say if this observation applies to Alvarez is his former foe Austin Trout, who also fought Miguel Cotto in 2012.
Trout, who lost Alvarez via a unanimous decision in 2013, believes the Mexican star has a slight edge if he can hit Cotto hard in the early rounds.
“Cotto’s experience gives him a bit of an edge but Canelo’s youth, strength and size is going to give him the fight in my opinion. I’m rooting for Cotto though,” he told Boxing News.
“Freddie [Roach, Cotto’s trainer], I’m sure, has a good game plan. I’m not sure Cotto will get stopped.”
Trout said Alvarez's endurance drops in the later rounds and he could be in trouble if he is unable to finish Cotto in the early rounds.
“Canelo gasses in fights, his output drops dramatically in fights so if it goes to the later rounds Cotto has a chance,” he said.
Trout also shares fans observation that Cotto easily gets wounded from either headbutts or from legit punches that gets him bloodied which usually becomes the target by the opponent.
“Cotto’s biggest weakness in this fight is the scarring on his face, he’s really beat up and he gets cut and swollen easily.
Trout has good advice for both fighters. He said Canelo should start strong in the early rounds and for Cotto, he needs to finish strong.
“Canelo needs to bust him up early, start fast and strong – that’s what I did against Cotto, I started fast to build the points up. For Cotto he needs to box early and finish strong.
Cotto's trainer Freddie Roach said he has good game plan to score a win and one of them is knock out Alvarez in the late rounds.
“We started early, he was peaking too soon,” Roach told The Times on Friday. “He’s doing well. We have a good game plan. To win this fight, we have to be smarter than Canelo is. We’ll break him down and knock him down in the late rounds,” he added.
Eddy Reynoso, who trains Alvarez with his father said he is concentrating on Alvarez's speed.
“We’re getting to the power and the speed. We’re developing the speed. We keep telling [Alvarez], ‘Faster, faster, faster," Reynoso said.
Cotto (40-4-0, 33 KOs) has won three straight fights since losing to Trout in 2012 while Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) is coming off a TKO win against James Kirkland last May after getting past Alfredo Angulo and Erislandy Lara last year.
The Cotto-Alvarez fight will take place on Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas Nevada.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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