Miguel Cotto To Return on February 25, Kirkland in The Running

By Miguel Rivera

Former four division world champion Miguel Angel Cotto has been informed of his return date by promoters Roc Nation Sports.

Cotto will hold at least two fights in 2017, and one of them could be a potential rematch with WBO 154-pound world champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

The Puerto Rican star has been inactive since losing a twelve round unanimous decision to Canelo last November. For one reason or another, he's been unable to secure a return date in 2016.


Bryan Perez, who is the Executive Director of Miguel Cotto Promotions, revealed on Tuesday that Cotto will return on February 25 - with three scenarios available: Texas, the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas or the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Although Perez made no mention of possible opponents, pundit Carlos Narvaez indicates that junior middleweight contender James Kirkland is in the running to land the fight.

Kirkland, 32, and nicknamed 'The Mandingo Warrior' has not seen action since May 2015 when he was knocked out in three rounds by Canelo in a fight held at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. Kirkland has a record of 32-2 and 28KO's.

"Roc Nation has informed us that Miguel will indeed fight on February 25. But for the moment that is the only thing that we can report and later on we will offer more details," said Perez to Narvaez.

"Miguel has maintained himself, because although he has been inactive - he has always done his work and he's in very good condition. He hopes to fight twice more in 2017 and February 25 is already selected by Roc Nation as the first date.

Cotto, 36, has a record of 40-5 and 33KO's. His next fight will likely take place at the junior middleweight division after a brief stint in the middleweight ranks where he captured the WBC world title in 2014 with a knockout of Sergio Martinez.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Santa_ on 12-02-2016

Hopefully Cotto joins the PBC team after this. There's plenty of good fights for him in Haymon's 154 roster.

Comment by North Star on 12-02-2016

[QUOTE=bigdramashow;17246105]have to favour cotto but kirkland can bang, and cotto has literally no heart. if it turns into a dog fight and they are trading punches i wouldnt be shocked if cotto takes a knee[/QUOTE] This guy says Cotto of…

Comment by Basco on 12-02-2016

Farewell fight, I would've go out with an easier fight. Kirkland can ruin that farewell party with 1 punch.

Comment by Da Boxer on 12-02-2016

I got Miguel by KO/Stoppage but its dangerous fight for King Cotto since Kirk has some pop. Make it in SA TX so I could go see it!

Comment by LoadedWraps on 12-02-2016

[QUOTE=MrMORENO;17244987]Kirkland might make a fight out of it, for awhile & then he'll get his Mandingo Ass handed 2 him!!!��������[/QUOTE] [FONT="Verdana"][COLOR="Navy"]Yea...this is a more dangerous fight than it should be for Cotto because of where he is in his career.…

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