5 Reasons Why Miguel Cotto Will Dethrone Sergio Martinez

5 Reasons Why Miguel Cotto Will Dethrone Sergio Martinez

Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto at fight press conference
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Miguel Cotto is aiming to make history this Saturday night when he fights Sergio Martinez for the WBC middleweight championship of the world. Cotto will be the first Puerto Rican to win world titles in four different weight categories if he can overcome the middleweight king. Cotto is the underdog in the upcoming fight, but here are five reasons why he will dethrone Martinez in New York.

5. Ring Rust For Martinez

Sergio Martinez is knocked down by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr
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5. Ring Rust For Martinez

Sergio Martinez is knocked down by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr
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Sergio Martinez has not been in the ring for more than 13 months and is coming off the back of his second surgery on his right knee. At 39 years of age, that cannot possibly be the most ideal preparation for a fight of this magnitude. Martinez is usually a fast starter in his fights, and it will be worthwhile to see just how Martinez comes out of the blocks for this one.

4. Cotto Knows How To Cut The Ring Off Effectively

Miguel Cotto lands a right hand against Floyd Mayweather
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4. Cotto Knows How To Cut The Ring Off Effectively

Miguel Cotto lands a right hand against Floyd Mayweather
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One thing Miguel Cotto knows how to do is cut the ring off, and then move inside to do damage to his opponent. He's made a career of zeroing in on his foes and then making them pay. Cotto even managed to get inside on Floyd Mayweather -- which few people do -- in their fight. If Cotto can effectively cut the ring off and stay close to Martinez, then he has a great chance to win the fight.

3. Home Crowd Advantage

Miguel Cotto makes his entrance to the ring
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3. Home Crowd Advantage

Miguel Cotto makes his entrance to the ring
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Martinez will fight Cotto in Madison Square Garden in New York, where Cotto has fought many times with a huge Puerto Rican turnout. Cotto has staged many of his fights on the weekend of the Puerto Rican Day Parade before, and this fight against Martinez will be no different once again. Martinez is going into Cotto's den, there's no doubt about that, and it can't be anything other than advantageous for Cotto.

2. Freddie Roach Already Knows Martinez Very Well

Freddie Roach does some padwork with Miguel Cotto
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2. Freddie Roach Already Knows Martinez Very Well

Freddie Roach does some padwork with Miguel Cotto
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Freddie Roach is a Hall of Fame trainer, one of the very best, and he is in Cotto's corner for this fight. More than that, though, Roach was in the corner of Chavez Jr. for his fight with Martinez in 2012. The game plan didn't work that night, or perhaps it wasn't executed by Chavez, but Roach knows Martinez inside out at this point and it's just down to whether Cotto can carry out the game plan that he has been given.

1. Martinez Is Clearly Breaking Down Physically

Sergio Martinez trains for fight with Miguel Cotto
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1. Martinez Is Clearly Breaking Down Physically

Sergio Martinez trains for fight with Miguel Cotto
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The build up to this fight has seen pictures and videos everywhere of Martinez and his numerous braces and strappings on his knees, among other parts of his body. Martinez has broken his left hand twice, but it is his right knee that is the source of worry for a lot of people. Martinez has had two surgeries on it, and there are questions surrounding just how healthy Martinez is; he's clearly not 100 percent anymore.


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