Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Cotto, Top Rank Clarify 159 Catchweight For Martinez

By Jake Donovan

For two men who are generally viewed as humble and highly respected throughout the boxing industry, Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto wasted no time in turning their upcoming June 7 middleweight championship into a legitimate grudge match.

The fighters haven’t at all minced words in talking about the highly anticipated bout, which takes place at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City. Martinez in particular has called out Cotto on a number of issues, including the Puerto Rican superstar’s demand for the fight to take place at a catchweight of 159 lb.

When finally given the opportunity to speak on the issue, Cotto and his team did their best to clear the air and hopefully shake loose the prima donna label.

“The (weight request) first came from Sampon (Lewkowicz, Martinez’ adviser),” Cotto suggested. “The first he said when we talked about the fight was that his fighter can weigh as close to my weight (154 lb.) but no lower. Then after that he said he couldn’t weigh any less than 159 lb.”

To ensure that nothing was lost in translation, Cotto’s team offered further clarification.

“There were conversations before negotiations, that (Martinez) can move down to as close as Miguel's weight. It was a negotiated piece that was thrown out there, that they thought Martinez could get down to make weight,” explained Todd duBoef, Top Rank president. “It was just one of the terms of negotiations. There was a request by the conversation that both parties had, that the fight could occur between '54 and '60.

“It eventually came down that it couldn't be that close or in between. They worked out a term for what the weight is.”

Cotto has never before fought above the 154 lb. super welterweight limit at any point during his 14-year pro career. The move up in weight puts him in position to attempt to become the first fighter in the history of Puerto Rico to win belts in four weight classes.

While Martinez is well-established at middleweight – complete with a four-year stay (and counting) as lineal middleweight king – he is generally the smaller man (in physical size) in the ring. While there is a considerable size advantage in his favor for this fight, making the contracted 159 lb. limit doesn’t figure to be a problem.

Cotto is already well within range, having weighed in at 160.2 lb. during the 30-day pre-fight check-in. As for what his weight will be once he steps on the scales for the official weigh-in, the answer to that will be whatever his body dictates.

“It’s not important how much I weigh for the fight,” Cotto states. “I will be comfortable. I will be at whatever weight feels best.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Chuckguy on 05-24-2014

[QUOTE=El Angel;14583430]Maybe bandwagon fans. I'll be here June 8th regardless of the result. And yeah, WHEN he wins, I'm going to be insufferable.[/QUOTE] In all honesty I'm a huge Martinez fan but I'm cheering for Cotto to make history! I…

Comment by Chuckguy on 05-23-2014

[QUOTE=PRBOXINGCOTTO;14579861]Cotto is going to woop Martinez ass[/QUOTE] Based on what? I can't stand how biased u and your puerto rica homos are.

Comment by JmH Reborn on 05-23-2014

[QUOTE=El Angel;14583430]Maybe bandwagon fans. I'll be here June 8th regardless of the result. And yeah, WHEN he wins, I'm going to be insufferable.[/QUOTE] Me and you both Bro - if Cotto wins - I'm going to troll the whole effin'…

Comment by El Angel on 05-23-2014

[QUOTE=jtcs1981;14581603]If Martinez wins, Cottards will take a vacation until Verdejo become champion. If he wins, the tards will act like divas. NSB has become stupid with all this fan base acting like their favorite fighters are gods. No common sense.…

Comment by ~AK49~ on 05-23-2014

[QUOTE=MatchMaker215;14579864]Now this is a mismatch imo[/QUOTE] Agreed....... Cotto is too strong and skilled!

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (45)
Top Headlines McGregor: Conditioning is Not an Issue Against Mayweather Jessie Magdaleno vs. Cesar Juarez Clash is Close For October Holyfield: Joshua Must Think About His Image, Forget Tyson Fury Kyoguchi Wins IBF World Title: Ryoichi Taguchi, Kono Get KO Wins Eubank Sr: James DeGale is "Suspect" For Not Entering WBSS Omar Figueroa: Mayweather-McGregor a Joke, Slap in The Face Garcia Open to Staying at 140, Moving Up to 147 After Broner Charlo: Jacobs Exploited Golovkin's Flaws, Better Than Canelo Daily Bread Mailbag: Mayweather-McGregor, Ward-Stevenson Frank Warren on Haye-Ringstar TV Deal, Signings in The UK Aloyan Gets WBC Belt in Second Pro Fight, Fedor Chudinov Wins Wilder's Manager Concerned That Stiverne Missed His Drug Test Mayweather: I Can't Move Like I Did Before, I'm Going Toe To Toe! Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson: Roots of a Success Story Jhonny Gonzalez Blasts Rosales in Two, Wants Miguel Berchelt Deontay Wilder's Manager: It Makes Sense To Fight Luis Ortiz! Miguel Berchelt Wants To Fight Again in 2017, Not Rushing Return Jose Pedraza vs. Mickey Bey in Talks For August 22, Las Vegas Gilberto Ramirez: I Won't Let Jesse Hart Run, I Want Him To Fight Malignaggi: McGregor Can Exploit Things, Have His Moments David Allen Drops, Stops Tom Dallas in Three Rounds Gassiev Sees No Reason For Lebedev Rematch After WBSS Refusal Joe Cortez Helping Conor McGregor Prepare For Floyd Mayweather Mayweather: Believe I Can't Read and Spell? I Made $800 Million! Frank Warren: Mayweather, McGregor - Big Talk, Will They Deliver? Garcia: Non-Title Fight Vs. Broner Still Biggest of Our Careers Mairis Briedis vs. Mike Perez on September 30 in Latvia Top Rank VP: Pacquiao-Horn Was Close, 117-111 Created Issue Lomachenko: I'm Ready To Fight Guillermo Rigondeaux Next! Garcia Expects Broner to Be Biggest Puncher He Has Faced Yarde Would Love To Emulate Roy Jones, Win Title at Heavyweight Amanda Serrano-Edina Kiss: Still Worth a Look on Delay Nikki Adler Confident She'll Hand Claressa Shields Her First Loss Erol Ceylan Discusses The Past, Present and Future of EC Boxing Hatton: Pacquiao Got Old Overnight, When Horn Beats You... Malignaggi: McGregor Has Game Plan, It's Not What People Think Robert Guerrero and Knowing When To Say When Isaac Zarate Drops, Shocks Carlos Carlson To Win Decision Antonio Moran Stops Rosales To Win WBO Regional Title Amanda Serrano Stops Kiss: Cintron, Oquendo Win By KO
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement