Tale of the Tape
|39-4, 32 KOs
|31-3, 16 KOs
|Caguas, Puerto Rico
|Mt. Annan, New South Wales, Australia
Even though Miguel Cotto is the favorite going into this fight, the tape shows us that Daniel Geale has some advantages worth mentioning. He is noticeably taller than Cotto by three inches. While this potentially gives more opportunity for his opponent to get to the body (depending on the length and size of Geale’s torso), Geale may have an easier time slipping and dodging Cotto’s outside punches, specifically the jab and the cross. Geale also has the longer arm reach, meaning that he has a real chance to work his jab to keep Cotto off and set up his combinations.
Now, with Cotto being shorter in height and having the shorter arm reach, he’ll have to work around Geale’s jab. These so-called “disadvantages” will put Cotto in the position he craves. As the shorter guy he’ll have a much easier time getting to Geale’s body and landing those power punches. Having shorter arms is also more of an advantage when working on the inside. He’ll just have to use his jab and proper footwork to get there.
Cotto is truly a veteran fighter, as he has Geale beat by experience numerically and by the quality of opponents he’s faced. Geale may surprise us with his performance, but this all depends on how he uses the advantages at his disposal to beat Cotto.