Cotto-Cintron Possible With The Top Rank/DiBella Deal

By Rick Reeno

As previously reported on, promoters Lou DiBella and Bob Arum are close to finalizing an agreement to make Top Rank the co-promoter of former welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (32-3, 28KOs). DiBella believes the agreement will possibly open the door to an all-Puerto Rican clash with WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto.

There are other opponents, within Top Rank, who Cintron could possibly fight - including the winner of this month's welterweight rematch between Mike Jones and Jesus Soto-Karass, or a potential fight with ex-champion Joshua Clottey, or Contender participant Alfonso Gomez.

"He's always wanted the fight with Cotto, and that fight can't happen unless we can make a deal with Bob. Also, there are other attractive fights, in-house, if he wants to make 147 temporarily. There's the Mike Jones-Karass winner. There's Clottey and other people that Bob has like Alfonso Gomez. Those fights are out there. And if he wins one of those fights, then there's the Margarito-Cotto winner," DiBella told

"It allows Cotto to become a possibility for Kermit. I will be a co-promoter with Bob and if this is Kermit wants, then I'm willing to do it. Obviously, I've known for years that the Cotto fight is something that he's wanted more than anything else, so if Bob can offer him a game plan to make that a possibility, and I'm sure he will, then I'm going to close the deal. And I'm confident the deal will close in the next few days."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hyper Knuckles on 02-15-2011

Idk I like both guys. Fight with P-will does him no justice though, tsk tsk

Comment by Iceta Lives on 02-04-2011

[QUOTE=onechance87;10059307]i want cotto to fight angulo.[/QUOTE] I wanted to see that fight too, But Arum protected Cotto from Perro by spilling his illegal immigrant status. He knew what was in store for his boy.

Comment by onechance87 on 02-04-2011

[QUOTE=Iceta Lives;10059299]If Cotto fought Margarito in a rematch instead of Cintron I can't really knock that because Margarito has two knockout wins over Cintron and Cotto has that monkey on his back of having his own quittage loss. But barring…

Comment by Iceta Lives on 02-04-2011

If Cotto fought Margarito in a rematch instead of Cintron I can't really knock that because Margarito has two knockout wins over Cintron and Cotto has that monkey on his back of having his own quittage loss. But barring that,…

Comment by chifuli on 02-04-2011

DiBella would do anything to keep Cintron away from Andrea Berta! I hate to watch two PR guys fighting each other, with so many other fighters avaliable, like Clottey, Jones, Angulo rematch. Cintron would KO Cotto inside of six rounds,…

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