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Freddie Roach wants Miguel Cotto to fight either Gennady Golovkin or Canelo

Freddie Roach claimed Saturday that he wouldn’t dissuade Miguel Cotto from fighting Russian badass Gennady Golovkin.

Golovkin, who captured a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, now owns a 90 percent knockout ratio as a professional.
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The 32-year-old Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) scored a third round TKO victory over Australian Daniel Geale to successfully defend the WBA and IBO middleweight belts last weekend at Madison Square Garden.

Golovkin floored the 33-year-old Geale (30-3, 16 KOs) in the second and then continued to mercilessly stalk the bleeding Aussie.

Sensing a beaten man, Golovkin exchanged punches with Geale in the third and landed a savage right hand that again sent the former two-time middleweight champion to the canvas.

Although Geale managed to regain his footing, referee Michael Ortega compassionately halted the bout at 2 minutes and 43 seconds of the decisive frame.

A bruising, ferocious and accurate slugger, Golovkin has never been toppled in over 375 contests.

Roach, who admitted he’d prefer Cotto to face Mexican sensation Canelo Alvarez, sat ringside to watch Golovkin overpower Geale.

“I like the Canelo fight better, but I like a fight with Golovkin second. I’d have no problem taking that fight,” said Roach, 54, who has been voted Trainer of the Year on six occasions by the BWAA.

“Golovkin puts himself in great position to punch. He was very impressive. He took a punch to give a punch. He’s very strong. His power is quite impressive, but he’s knocking out middle-class guys, not top-level guys. I could definitely get Miguel ready for that fight.”

Comparatively, in a similarly dominating manner, the 33-year-old Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) pulverized Argentinean Sergio Martinez to earn the WBC middleweight crown in June.

Meeting at a maximum weight of 159 pounds, the 5-foot-7 Cotto grounded the 5-foot-10 Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) three times in the first and once more in the ninth and was ahead 90-77 on all three scorecards when trainer Pablo Sarmiento wisely ceased the beating.

Looking reenergized and throwing fists with a noticeable confidence under the tutelage of Roach, Cotto became the first Puerto Rican boxer to win world titles in four weight classes.

Cotto is tentatively slated to reenter the squared circle in December versus an opponent to be named.

If the courageous Puerto Rican chooses to scrap the “Good Boy,” the 5-foot-11 Golovkin will punish Cotto and record his 18th consecutive stoppage.

Disregarding Freddie Roach’s ability to “get Miguel ready,” Gennady Golovkin currently looks indestructible.