We all know why Miguel Cotto imposed catch-weight in defending his lineal middleweight crown. He’s not a middleweight. His weight on last night’s weigh-in did not even reach the super welterweight limit. He weighted in 153.6 lbs for Saturday night’s HBO card.
It just happened that Cotto (39-4, 32 KO) fought a shot, if not totally handicap, the then lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. Martinez fought with two bad knees and Cotto knocked him out.
To compensate the size disadvantage Cotto wanted Geale (31-3, 16 KO), a legit MW, to work harder to 158 catch-weight, which Geale did. He weighed 157, a pound under the contracted weight. We have a fight as agreed.
But if Cotto not able to compete legit MW contender he better relinquish the title. GGG wanted to be called the middleweight champion. But Cotto took the MW crown hostage and wanted to defend it in the super welterweight limit.
This is really absurd. The middleweight champion of the world defending the crown weighing even below the super welter limit.