By Mark Vester
Top Rank's Bob Arum has finally spoken out about the recent family brawl between WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and uncle/trainer Evangelista Cotto. As many have already heard from numerous reports on BoxingScene.com, Cotto and his uncle exchanged punches after a heated verbal dispute over a training plan [presented by Miguel] on Wednesday at the Bairoa Gym in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Cotto fired his uncle, the two traded punches, and later in the day they would trade punches again, with a featured incident that saw Evangelista launching a cement block at Miguel, which missed the fighter but broke the window of his 2009 jaguar. Miguel suffered a cut on his nose and Evangelista went to the hospital with a broken nose, chest and cervical trauma.
Arum plans to meet with Cotto next Tuesday, April 14 in New York City, and present him with a list of six possible trainers. Cotto is already in camp and training for the June 13 showdown with IBF champion Joshua Clottey at New York's Madison Square Garden.
"Miguel seems to have made a decision that he doesn't want to work anymore with Evangelista and therefore I have compiled a list of six names for him to make a decision for his next fight," Arum said to Primera Hora. "I want the person who is finally chosen to begin working with Miguel as soon as possible."
One rumor has Emanuel Steward as the new trainer, but Arum doesn't think that will work.
"Emanuel is an excellent trainer, but that will not be possible because Wladimir Klitschko is training for a fight that will take place a week after Miguel's, said Arum.
This is not the first time that Arum has been involved in a family feud. The veteran promoter used to have Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his stable of fighters, and Mayweather's family feud with father/former trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. is legendary in the boxing industry.
"It's sad because this is family. Unfortunately these kind of things happen. One time I was having lunch in a restaurant when I had to intervene in a fight between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and his father. These type of things are not new, but they are always sad, Arum said.
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