Roach: I Had Golovkin Win By 2, Tough To Beat Canelo in The U.S.

By Steve Kim

Freddie Roach, the current trainer of WBO 154-pound champion, Miguel Cotto, was in attendance at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this past weekend where middleweight king, Gennady Golovkin, and Saul Alvarez fought to a controversial draw.

Golovkin retained his IBF, WBA, IBO, WBC 160-pound titles when the official judges issued scores of 114-114, 115-113 (Golovkin) and 118-110 (Canelo).

"Pretty good fight,  I had 'Triple G' winning by two points, it was a close fight," the trainer said to earlier this week while back at work at his Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California. "It was definitely entertaining. Alvarez moved quite a bit more than I thought he would carrying all that weight. He was in pretty good shape."


Fighting for the first time since losing a twelve round decision to Canelo in November 2015, Cotto returned to the ring last month and defeated Yoshihiro Kamegai over twelve rounds at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Following that win, there was talk of Cotto facing the winner of Canelo vs. Golovkin down the line. Cotto is planning to have the final fight of his career on a date in December.

The draw verdict, which may result in a rematch next May, was the worst case scenario for the Puerto Rican star. 

"It is because they'll have to do it again and everyone has to pretty much wait in line, now," conceded Roach. "It was a pretty good action fight and some good punches landed and both seemed to have really good chins. It was entertaining."

When asked if it was tough to beat Alvarez on the scorecards in Las Vegas, Roach quipped - "It's very tough to beat 'Canelo' in the United States."

So who does Cotto face next?

Roach stated,"If either one wants to fight us, c'mon."

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Verus on 09-21-2017

[QUOTE=haute-KO;18073693]Thank you. We plan to make a Mayweather versus Mcgregor video.[/QUOTE] I look forward to it and encourage you to do more! Good stuff!

Comment by Verus on 09-21-2017

[QUOTE=Shape up;18073711]You don't follow boxing much eh, roach was cottos trainer as well[/QUOTE] That is the point. He was a Cotto cheerleader and he claims Cotto won. No surprise. Scoring boxing is subjective with a capital S.

Comment by Diego Rodriguez on 09-21-2017

[QUOTE=zoken;18074659]I am a fan of both. So I didn't care about the winner. Canelo surprised me with his defense. I was disappointed that GGG didn't go to the body. That being said I had GGG winning 8-4. I can see…

Comment by Diego Rodriguez on 09-21-2017

[QUOTE=LetOutTheCage;18073703]Robert Garcia - pretty sure he said he had a draw Erik Morales Shawn Porter - Didnt his dad have GGG winning Chavez Sr Sergio Mora Thomas Hearns - provide proof George Foreman - provide proof Mayweather Sr - Really,…

Comment by zoken on 09-21-2017

I am a fan of both. So I didn't care about the winner. Canelo surprised me with his defense. I was disappointed that GGG didn't go to the body. That being said I had GGG winning 8-4. I can see…

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