BROOKLYN– Miguel Cotto kept the middleweight title with a 4th round TKO of Daniel Geale, Saturday night.
Cotto fought to retain the world title for the first time before a boisterous crowd of over 12,000 at the Barclays Center.
The event, a coming out party of sorts for Roc Nation Boxing, the first major show for Jay-Z’s multi-faceted entertainment agency and Cotto delivered.
The pride of Puerto Rico hadn’t fought in a year but there was no evidence of that in the ring.
He pounded the Aussie early, before delivering a hard left hook the jaw that knocked him down hard.
"I was going to throw the left hand, and as I threw it he put his right hand down and boom," said Cotto
With Geale defeated, attention turns to Cotto vs Alvarez, a match-up that’s all but assured.
"It's the biggest fight to be made now," said Alvarez’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya. “It’s the biggest fight since Pacquiao-Mayweather. The difference is you’re guaranteed action.”
“It’s the fight everyone wants to see,” said Michael Yormark, president of Roc Nation. “It’s the fight we’re going to make. We’ve got the framework of a deal done. Obviously we had to wait until tonight, but now we can focus on Miguel’s next fight and we’re looking forward to it.”