Alfonso Gomez
On record, not much splits their performances against Gomez. In 2008, the ringside doctor advised Cotto’s bludgeoning of Alfonso to be stopped after five rounds while ‘Canelo’ forced the referee’s intervention in the sixth round.

Defending his WBA welterweight title, Cotto was able to hurt Gomez whenever he pleased, staggering him in the first before dropping him in the second, third and fifth rounds. With his famed left hook on full display, Cotto looked devastating.

In 2011, Alvarez dropped Gomez with a body shot in the opening round of their clash and looked set for an easy win. Alfonso however managed to give the young prospect a fair bit to think about, countering well and fighting off of his jab. By the fifth, ‘Canelo’ had taken centre ring and his power began to show. A short left staggered Gomez in the sixth and after Alvarez followed up with a series of unanswered blows, the fight was ended.

Better performance: Miguel Cotto


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