Miguel Cotto successfully defended his WBC middleweight title in Brooklyn on Saturday with a fourth round stoppage over Daniel Geale.
Cotto knocked his opponent down twice in the fourth round with the referee having to step in and call the bout off as Geale shook his head in acceptance that he was unable to continue.
The Australian was caught with a crushing left hook early in the fourth and was then finished off with a number of body shots and a right to the head which ultimately ended the fight.
After all the weight issues ahead of this catchweight bout, it stuck to the script for the most part with Cotto dominating and securing a comfortable win as he now looks ahead to the bigger fights in the division.
Trainer Freddie Roach has previously suggested that the Puerto Rican would fight ‘Canelo’ Alvarez later this year and then Gennady Golovkin in 2016, and the 34-year-old agreed with the first part of the plan in his post-fight interview.
“Let’s do it,” Cotto said, Sky Sports reported.
“Before that, I want to spend some time with my family and enjoy them again, but then it is back to LA and training for Canelo.”
Cotto improved to 40-4 overall, but will now face a huge test in what will be a major bout in the sport with the Puerto Rico-Mexico rivalry likely to result in a huge windfall for the fighters.