Clitheroe’s Luke Blackledge feels middleweight world champion Miguel Cotto’s title defence against former unified junior middleweight title-holder Canelo Alvarez will be one of the greatest contests in boxing history.
The pair meet on November 21st at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas following announcements from Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports - Cotto’s promoter - and Golden Boy Promotions.
Julio Cesar Chavez Snr versus Hector Camacho and Felix Trinidad’s match up with Oscar De La Hoya are examples of the Puerto Rico/Mexico rivalry in the past, but this “mega fight” is set to eclipse the lot of them.
The duo, who have both gone the distance with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, will meet at a catch weight of 155lb rather than meet at the middleweight limit of 160lb.
“It’s going to be big,” said Commonwealth champion Blackledge. “It’ll be bigger than when Mayweather fought Canelo. It’s a fight between two rival countries and two of the biggest fighters on the planet. It’s a 50/50 fight that you won’t want to miss but I’m leaning towards Canelo.
“I think Canelo with his power, combinations and class will be a huge threat and he could prove too much for Cotto. They’re both forward fighters though and there’s guaranteed to be plenty of action. It could be one of the greatest fights ever. It’s massive for the sport.”