Miguel Cotto will make the first defense of his middleweight championship on June 6 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, when he faces Australia's Daniel Geale, a former titleholder in the division. HBO will televise the fight.
Cotto (39-4, 32 KO) last fought on June 7, 2014, when he beat a hobbled Sergio Martinez decisively, stopping the Argentine star after 10 rounds. The 34-year-old Puerto Rican has taken some heat for apparently not having a strong desire to face the man many feel is the true best middleweight in the world today, Gennady Golovkin, and for abandoning negotiations to face Canelo Alvarez in what would have been a blockbuster money event.
Other candidates for the June 6 fight were Cornelius "K9" Bundrage, who holds a 154-pound title currently, and Jorge Sebastian Heiland, who beat Matthew Macklin last November in the United Kingdom. None of the candidates were going to get anyone particularly excited.
Geale (31-3, 16 KO) is best known in the States for a pair of HBO losses, and that certainly isn't going to help promotion for this fight. The 34-year-old Aussie was defeated by Darren Barker on HBO in August 2013, and returned last July, wiped out in three rounds by Golovkin. He has since beaten Jarrod Fletcher at home in Australia.
What do you think of this fight? Are you passively OK with it? Do you believe Geale has any chance at a victory? Is it crap?