Tonight at 9 pm EST on HBO PPV, Miguel Cotto headlines against Canelo Alvarez at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the main event of a four-fight card. BLH will be here with live round-by-round coverage. Wil Esco will be handling the round-by-round coverage.
Cotto (40-4, 33 KO) and Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KO) are expected in the ring somewhere between 11 pm and Midnight EST. Before that, Before that, the run order will be Jayson Velez vs Ronny Rios in a 10-round featherweight bout; Guillermo Rigondeaux vs Drian Francisco in a 10-round super bantamweight bout; and Takashi Miura vs Francisco Vargas in a 12-round bout for Miura's WBC super featherweight title.
Stick here for the live round-by-round updates for each bout.
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CANELO ALVAREZ def. MIGUEL COTTO by unanimous decision (117-111, 119-109, 118-110)
FRANCISCO VARGAS def. TAKASHU MIURA by 9th round TKO
GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX def. DRIAN FRANCISCO by unanimous decision (97-93, 100-90, 100-90)
RONNY RIOS def. JAYSON VELEZ by unanimous decision (97-92, 95-94, 96-93)
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MIGUEL COTTO vs CANELO ALVAREZ
Round 1: Cotto comes out with a jab. Canelo misses a hard left hook. Cotto going to the body with his left hook. Cotto is boxing responsibly, jabbing while moving his head anticipating the counter. Otto lands a hard jab. Otto puts together a combination. Hard body shot from Canelo. Canelo looking to take Cotto's head off but misses. Nice jab from Cotto, Canelo responds. Canelo looks much bigger than Cotto. I think Cotto boxed well this round. Cotto 10-9.
Round 2: Both men start out cautious. Cotto attacks with three punches. Canelo really trying to out muscle Cotto with his punches, but Cotto making him miss just enough. Nice combination from Cotto. Canelo lands seldom but with force. Cotto throwing more combinations and getting off first most of the time. Canelo pops his own jab, tagging Cotto. Canelo coming up short with the jab now. Close round, I think Cotto outworked him. Cotto 10-9.
Round 3: Cotto comes out with three hard punches. Canelo forces his punches too much, he's trying to KO Cotto with every power shot. Canelo lands a hard jab. Cotto is blocking, but catching a lot of hard shots from a much bigger man. Both men exchange jabs. I think Canelo is imposing his size on Cotto in this round. Alvarez 10-9.
Round 4: Canelo comes out with a jab that misses, Cotto lands his. Canelo lands a good right hand. Now Canelo stops stalking and tries to box and move. Cotto's jab is working. Nice left hook from Cotto. Cotto rips off a three punch combination. Hard right tot the body from Canelo. Alvarez has been landing the chopping right, but Cotto outboxes him. Cotto 10-9, 39-37.
Round 5: Good five punch combination from Cotto. You can tell if Canelo lands one of these big shots it could be goodnight at any moment, noticeable size difference between he and Cotto -- he's a middleweight!!! Cotto fights him off with seven punches, gets back to moving. Cotto outworks him with combination punching. Cotto 10-9.
Round 6: Cotto takes Freddie Roach's advice and backs up Canelo. Good body shot from Canelo. Canelo lands two hard shots, Cotto goes back to the jab. Cotto's left eye is marked. Cotto is back in his boxing game. I think Canelo inflicted more damage in this round. Alvarez 10-9. 58-56 Cotto.
Round 7: Cotto comes out on the attack again. Sneaky right lands from Canelo. Cotto repeatedly throwing three-punch combinations. Cotto is outworking Canelo, but Canelo's punches are heavier. Nice body attack from Cotto, then a left hook lands for Cotto. Alvarez isn't cutting off the ring well, and it's favoring Cotto. Cotto dances around Canelo's attack. Cotto 10-9.
Round 8: Nice uppercut lands for Canelo. Canelo tries to come on strong. He's whipping hard shots. A WAR BREAKS OUT! Both men landing hard shots. Cotto throwing more punches in combination, but Canelo landing hard shots of his own. Hard left hook lands for Cotto, but Canelo being much bigger allows him to take the shot better. Hard right to the body for Alvarez. Cotto firing the jab, finishes strong. Hard round to score. Cotto outworked him, but Canelo inflicted more damage. Alvarez 10-9.
Round 9: Cotto getting back to work with his combination punching. Some boos come from the action slowing down. Cotto goes back to the three punch combos. Alvarez hits Cotto with a hard shot that he felt. Cotto starting to show signs of fading. Cotto digs deep and reels off a couple more combinations. Alvarez 10-9, 86-85 Cotto.
Round 10: You get the sense that the size difference is wearing on Cotto. Cotto complains about a punch to his back. Cotto tries to get back to boxing and walking Canelo into combinations. This round is still up for grabs. Cotto pushes Canelo down to the mat. Cotto lands two punches and dodges a Canelo onslaught, then smiles. Cotto 10-9.
Round 11: Canelo tries to apply the pressure, Cotto bouncing around on his toes. Cotto lands two hard shots. Alvarez lands a left hook. Canelo throwing hard shots, Cotto fires back! Cotto lands a jab. Canelo throws a combination, missing most. Cotto does the same. Alvarez 10-9, 105-104 Cotto.
Round 12: Final round. Both fighters touch gloves. Canelo hits Cotto low. Canelo trying to work the body, lands a few hard punches. Both men going at it!!! Cotto tries to fight back with the younger man. Cotto's eye is cut. Good right hand for Cotto. Blood dripping from Cotto's eye, he lands a left hook. Canelo flurries along the ropes, Cotto dodges most of it. Cotto fires back. 10-9 Alvarez. BLH has it a draw 114-114.
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TAKASHI MIURA vs FRANCISCO VARGAS
Round 1: Vargas comes put pumping the jab. More punches this round than the entire Rigondeaux bout. Hard punches hurt Miura! Miura stumbles around, then fights back. This fight explodes in the first! Talk about polar opposite fights! Vargas lighting Miura up a little here. Miura trying to push Vargas off of him. Miura still looking to get his legs completely back. Big round for Vargas. Vargas 10-9.
Round 2: Miura looks like he got himself composed between rounds. Vargas landing some short shots on the inside. Miura just trying to walk Vargas back instead of punching. Miura misses lead body shot, Vargas picking him off here and there. Miura lands a nice check hook. Hard straight right from Vargas. Miura sneaks in a nice left to the body. Vargas gets his own in. Vargas 10-9.
Round 3: Vargas comes out attacking, three consecutive right hand leads. Miura trying to apply pressure and force Vargas back. Nice hook from Miura. Miura getting back into the fight now, countering and leading. Vargas comes back with the right hand leads. Miura whiffs on a big hook. Vargas doubles up his punches. Close round, I'm leaning Miura. Miura 10-9.
Round 4: The fights slows down to the pace of a boxing match, not so much a brawl. So much for that idea - both men go right back at it and trade a few blows. Vargas lands some crisp jabs, then a lead right. Miura lands a lead left hand. Vargas boxing nicely with some sharp jabs. Miura drops Vargas with a left hand! Vargas is bleeding under his eye. Miura 10-8.
Round 5: Miura tries to press the advantage at the start of the bell. The momentum has swung. Hard left lead delivered by Miura. Miura trying to punish Vargas now, and Vargas is looking a little weaker at the moment. Vargas catches Miura with two punches. Miura still coming forward, but Vargas counters. I think Vargas got himself together to win this round back. 10-9 Vargas.
Round 6: Miura is looking to land a big punch to put Vargas back on the seat of his pants. Vargas lands a shot right hook, Miura is undeterred. Both men trade blows. Big punches from Vargas, Miura returns the favor! Both men will know they were in a real fight after this is over. Lead right lands from Vargas. Miura responds with a good left lead. I think Vargas edges it again, but he could fade late. Vargas 10-9. Vargas 57-56.
Round 7: Vargas has a second cut, ruled a headbutt. Miura lands a nice jab, to the head and body. Miura looks like he's building while Vargas appears to be fading slightly. Miura is landing the jabs now. Miura now throwing to the body and the head. Vargas lands a nice left hook to the body. Close-ish round. I'm going Miura, 10-9.
Round 8: Vargas comes out aggressive, but his right eye is looking pretty bad. Luckily the bigger mark is under and not over the eye. Nice right lead from Vargas. Vargas lands an uppercut to the body. Miura loves his one-two combination, throwing it over and over again throughout the fight. Miura hurts Vargas again with a straight left! Vargas barely survives the round. Miura 10-9.
Round 9: Vargas comes out and knocks down Miura!!! Miura looks hurt. Now Vargas tries to pour it on. What a fight! Miura trying to hold on but he's in bad shape. Vargas is getting a little wild. Miura looks like he's in dire straits. Vargas lands some more. Ref stops the fight!! Vargas TKO-9.
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GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX vs DRIAN FRANCISCO
Round 1: Rigo comes out looking at ease, absolutely no concern or tension. Rigo paws the jab, tries a lead left to the body but misses. Rigo lets go another left to the head that Francisco felt. It's clear Rigo wants to set up Francisco for a hard left. Rigo is just plain deliberate in his approach. The boos begin. Rigondeaux 10-9.
Round 2: Rigo comes out, misses, and ties up Francisco. Rigo gives Francisco a salsa spin. Hard left to the body from Rigo. This is ugly and won't win Rigo any more fans. He should really assert himself more, Francisco is not even in his class. Roc Nation maybe questioning this investment? Nothing really happening, no sustained action. I'm bored already. Rigondeaux 10-9.
Round 3: Looks like Rigo is doing his best Klitschko impression with the leaning on the neck. I love beautiful technicians but DAMN! ZZZzzzzz...Those in the crowd who aren't sleeping are booing. I don't know. I guess Rigo, just because the other guy can't do anything. Rigondeaux 10-9.
Round 4: Can I put these round by rounds on autopilot for 30 minutes? Seriously, did I say that this fight sucks?! Rigo might be winning but he's not looking great by any stretch of the imagination. Clinch fest. The boos rain again, this fight sucks, Rigo doesn't care. Ugh! Rigondeaux 10-9.
Round 5: Francisco tries a right hand, scrapes Rigo. Maybe his best landed punch in four rounds, or only punch. It looks like Rigo is just doing aerobic exercises, he's not imposing himself at all on an opponent who has nothing for him. I'm giving this round to Francisco...because why not. Francisco 10-9.
Round 6: Rigo throws four body punches - it's a party! Now both men have a staredown in the middle of the ring. My lord, this is awful in every sense of the word. Rigo holds to end the round of nothingness. Rigondeaux 10-9, 59-55.
Round 7: When does the next season of Game of Thrones begin? I'd rather write about dragons right about now. Even the booers are tired of booing. Both men could fight 35 rounds at this pace. I'm going with Francisco again, because I can, and no one will care. Francisco 10-9.
Round 8: ...dragons...Rigondeaux 10-9. Scott, I'm resigning.
Round 9: Whoa, Rigo had 3 consecutive seconds of aggression. Watching Cotto get his hands wrapped would be more dramatic than this. Francisco lands a nice hook! God bless you, Francisco. Rigondeaux 10-9.
Round 10: Let's just end this fight now and put the fans out of their misery - cruel & unusual punishment. I honestly can't think of a worse fight I've EVER seen. 9-9, they both lose. BLH has it an awful 87-83 Rigondeaux.
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JAYSON VELEZ vs RONNY RIOS
Round 1: Rios lands a hard straight to the body. Velez boxing him on the outside, lands a hook and a cross. Velez jabs well. Another straight right to the body for Rios. Velez continues to counter Rios' offense with a jab. Rios continues to target the body. Close round, Velez looks a little better boxing. Velez 10-9.
Round 2: Rios landing some good right hands, getting more aggressive. Velez misses some big uppercuts. Velez lands hard right to the body. And again. Nice left hook from Velez. Rios just barely missing some hard punches, but steadily coming forward. Not much punch variation, but RIos throws a good one-two. Velez looks like the more prototypical boxer in there, moving and countering. Rios warned for two low blows. I'm going with Velez, but it's close. Velez 10-9.
Round 3: Velez comes out pumping the jab. Rios continues to stalk. Rios throwing hard punches to the body, landing low. Ref tells him about it again. Velez getting off combinations in spots as he times Rios coming in. Rios lands hard left hook to the body. Hard right from RIos. Another one rocks Velez a bit! Rios 10-9.
Round 4: Good right from Rios countering the jab. Velez feels the need to retaliate. Velez tries an uppercut, but only grazing. Velez moving less, turning into a more close quarters affair. Rios flurries hard body shots to the body, Velez felt those. Velez tries a left hook to the body, but doesn't have as much power as Rios. Ref warns Rios for low blows. Rios harder shots win the round. RIos 10-9.
Round 5: Velez comes out to make a point with combinations. Rios loses a point for low blows. Good three punch combination for Velez. And a bad left hook to the liver hurts RIos. Velex turning up the tempo. Ref warns Rios for low blows AGAIN. Now Rios hit Velez to the head with some hard shots. Velez throwing wide and getting caught in between. Round closes slow. I'm going Velez on his early work. Velez 10-8, 48-46.
Round 6: Rios missing hard shots to come out. Good uppercut from Velez. Rios coming back with his own, real back and forth fight. There's no question Rios has more pop on his punches. Another low blow from Rios, ref misses it. It's clear Rios doesn't care where the punches land but if the ref can't see it, it does the job. Velez looking worn, low blows don't help. Rios 10-9.
Round 7: Rios starting to beat up on Velez, whose looking worse by the minute, he's starting to fade a bit. Velez trying to catch a second wind, reeling off his own body attack. Rios sneaking in hard rights in close quarters. Velez looking tired but still throwing back in spots. Rios continues to bring the pressure, backing Velez to the ropes. Rios 10-9, 66-66.
Round 8: Velez tries to go back to an outside right, jabbing and moving. Probably a good idea at this point, if his legs can sustain it. Rios chasing him around the ring. Hard right to the body from Rios, and then to the head. Rios lands a clean left hook on Velez. Velez is moving a lot, but not punching nearly as much. Rios 10-9.
Round 9: Rios knows Velez is wilting, coming right after Velez. Looks like Velez is just trying to survive more than win at this point, he's throwing some, but not enough and with little power. Rios trying to rough up Velez on the inside, and getting exactly what he wants. Rios 10-9.
Round 10: Velez comes out firing, knowing he has to dig deep in a close fight. Both men trading blows, both landing. Rios lands a quick right. Velez comes back with a three punch combination, not much lands clean. Rios pushing Velez back to the ropes, literally. Rios pushing Velez's head down. Both men need to finish strong. Close, close round. Harder shots land for Rios. Rios 10-9. BLH has it 96-93 Rios.