Lineal middleweight champion Miguel Cotto made the first defense of his middleweight crown against former unified middleweight champion Daniel Geale in front of a packed crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The bout took place at a contractually agreed upon catch weight of 157 pounds, which caused displeasure among many boxing fans who are sick and tired of the recent catch weight trend. Cotto dominated the action in the fight where his left hook to the body and face led the charge in his attack. Cotto looked fresh, fast, and strong, whereas Geale seemed lethargic, timid, and uncertain. Cotto ultimately finished matters in round 4, when Geale decided not to continue after suffering two vicious knock downs during that stanza.