By Miguel Rivera
Former four division world champion Miguel Cotto has no intention of retiring in the near future.
The Puerto Rican superstar intends to continue his clear path, of fighting at least two more times for the remainder of the year.
Cotto was scheduled to fight James Kirkland at a catch-weight 153-pounds on February 25th. The HBO Pay-Per-View event was booked for The Ford Centre in Frisco, Texas. But On Thursday it was revealed that Kirkland has fractured his nose in training camp and withdrew from the contest. The entire card was cancelled.
Cotto has been inactive since November 2015, when he lost a twelve round unanimous decision to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
The former champion questions the validity of Kirkland's injury, as he never received any proof. Several years ago, Kirkland withdrew from a planned 2012 pay-per-view bout with Canelo, and claimed injury - but then later admitted he was looking for more money. Kirkland finally fought Canelo in 2015 and was knocked out.
"I'm doing my job, it's things that are not in our hands. We have to take the pros and cons of the job," Cotto said to Carlos Gonzalez. "I'm training day by day for our bout. If James's injury is real, it's understandable."
"If it were my case that some kind of injury occurred during training, I would not have any problem in demonstrating evidence that could support what was said. If that were the case, I urge Kikrland and his team to present the evidence where he is shown to have a ruptured nose."
Despite the fallout, Cotto is looking to fight twice this year.
"My future is still running through December 31. We still have time to do two bouts in 2017. We'll see what the future brings," Cotto said. "What interests me for the last 11 months is the first name and the last name. I'm ready, I've never fled to a fight and I'm still in the same position."