Miguel Cotto has partnered with ProBox TV to bring boxing back to Puerto Rico on a consistent basis.
BoxingScene.com has learned that the Puerto Rican icon’s promotional company and ProBox TV, a new streaming service, have reached a deal to produce monthly boxing shows in 2023. The companies first will work together on three shows before the end of 2022, the first of which is scheduled for August 19.
The partnership will be officially announced during a press conference Tuesday at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, the site of the August 19 card. The other two shows this year are scheduled for October 26, as part of the WBO’s annual convention, and December 9.
The fights for the three aforementioned shows haven’t been finalized, but each Cotto Promotions show on ProBox TV will feature at least one Puerto Rican boxer in the main event. Cotto, who won world titles in four weight classes, also has joined Roy Jones Jr., Paulie Malignaggi, Juan Manuel Marquez and Antonio Tarver as a partner in ProBox TV, which was launched in April by founder Garry Jonas.
“The partnership is a no-brainer,” Ruben DeJesus, ProBox TV’s chief operations officer, told BoxingScene.com. “There’s no boxing in Puerto Rico. All the networks that were doing boxing, like DirecTV and WAPA [TV], after COVID they stopped doing boxing. So now, ProBox TV is gonna come in and fill in that gap. We’re gonna do a lot of boxing here.
“And having a legend like Miguel Cotto as part of the ProBox team, it’s a great thing for a startup company. Having Miguel Cotto involved not only benefits us as a company, it benefits Puerto Rican boxing fans because they’re gonna get Puerto Rican boxing every month, live from Puerto Rico.”
ProBox TV, which costs just $1.99 per month, is scheduled to stream 37 boxing cards in 2023, including one per month from the company’s complex in Plant City, Florida, one a month from various venues in Mexico and a show per month from different locations in Puerto Rico.
While Cotto’s company will handle all the shows in Puerto Rico, Marquez’s company will promote all the events in Mexico.
“I wanna emphasize that ProBox TV is from the fighters to the fans,” DeJesus said. “It’s a different model from what’s out there. It’s being spearheaded by legendary fighters, who know what they want and who know good fights.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.