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Roach Says Cotto's Punching Power Will Make Statement

By Edward Chaykovsky

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach credits Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31KOs) as being one of the hardest punchers that he ever worked with.

On June 7th at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Cotto will move up to the middleweight division to challenge WBC champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28KOs). Cotto wants to become the first boxer to capture world titles in four weight divisions. He already won titles at 140, 147 and 154. The fight with Martinez takes place at a catch-weight of 159, which is one-pound under the limit. 

Martinez is the bigger man and established himself as the top middleweight in the sport, but Roach believes his boxer will be the guy to land the big power shots in the contest.

"Miguel is one of the hardest punchers I have worked with.  We are working every day on the mitts with my body protector on and that doesn’t help that much any more – Miguel goes right through that.  His punching power is great, his speed has been good and everything is right where I want it to be," Roach said.

"Miguel is one of the hardest workers I have been with and he is the most disciplined fighter I have ever worked with.  We have a great relationship and it will show in the fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nolotek on 05-25-2014

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;14588976]Putting the catchweight of 145 to the side, let's not forget what Margarito did in 2008 (Cotto fought Manny a year later)! That was horrible, and Margarito should've never been allowed to fight again. I think that Arum giving Margarito…

Comment by frosty-g on 05-25-2014

[QUOTE=piritwin2;14589025]Chavez jr? U mean da guy who weighs around 190 pounds!!!!![/QUOTE] That's where cotto is planning to be at for the next fight

Comment by chepe009 on 05-25-2014

[QUOTE=bambam182;14588822]lol he said the exact same thing about khan also lol.[/QUOTE] And khan was great with roach. Only lost to Danny "lucky, eyes closed left hook" garcia but a lot of great victories. I won't count the BS lost to…

Comment by piritwin2 on 05-25-2014

Chavez jr? U mean da guy who weighs around 190 pounds!!!!!

Comment by PR13 on 05-25-2014

[QUOTE=Luilun;14588983]I'm sure Chavez Jr hits much harder than Cotto. Cotto will be knock out[/QUOTE] Chavez jr balloons up to Heavyweight on fight night... of course he is going to hit like a mule... not much skill tho.

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