Spence Explains Turning Down Miguel Cotto Fight, Golden Boy

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Errol Spence Jr. was willing to fight Miguel Cotto.

Like Mikey Garcia, though, Spence wasn’t willing to sign a long-term contract with Cotto’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, to get that high-profile fight. Spence confirmed that Golden Boy Promotions offered him an opportunity to fight Cotto on December 2 at Madison Square Garden during a press conference before a 154-pound championship tripleheader Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“Yes, the offer was made from Golden Boy,” Spence said. “I mean, everybody’s been trying to get me to be their [fighter]. You name ‘em, they’ve been trying to get me since I turned pro. I just declined it. I don’t want a promoter right now.


“I’m planning to start my own promotional company by the end of next year and do my own thing. I’m already fighting on network [television], I’m already main event and I’m already getting great money, so I don’t see what a promoter can offer me.”

Spence works with adviser Al Haymon and is part of Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions organization, but doesn’t have an exclusive contract with a promoter.

California’s Tom Brown represented Spence for his last fight, an 11th-round knockout of Kell Brook (36-2, 25 KOs) on May 27 in Sheffield, England, Brook’s hometown. New York’s Lou DiBella also has promoted Spence fights.

The 27-year-old Spence (22-0, 19 KOs) would have had to move up from 147 pounds to 154 to face Cotto. The IBF welterweight champion eventually expects to advance to 154 pounds, but said Saturday he first wants to clean out the welterweight division.

The 2012 Olympian also confirmed that he will defend his title against former two-division champion Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs) in his next fight. Spence, of DeSoto, Texas, said Saturday that he’ll oppose Peterson “in mid-January” either at Barclays Center or somewhere on the West Coast.

Puerto Rico’s Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) will box Brooklyn’s Sadam Ali (25-1, 14 KOs) on December 2 at Madison Square Garden in what is expected to be the final fight of the four-division champion’s 16-year, Hall-of-Fame career.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TonyGe on 02-17-2018

Spence is running his career the way he sees fit. He did the right thing not signing with GB. He the top Welterweight right now so those big fights should happen for him. He just needs to stay busy. I…

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 02-17-2018

Spence would have beaten the shyt out of cotto... I’m glad this didn’t get made, I would hate to see cotto get broken down and blazed and taking a knee again

Comment by kiaba360 on 02-17-2018

Nice to hear that he's a "free agent".However, does anyone believe that we'll see him on HBO anytime soon?

Comment by bigjavi973 on 10-17-2017

He's basically the equivalent to a free agent in boxing.... He can fight on HBO and his next one on showtime..... If more fighters did this we would have more fights imo

Comment by Lemonhead_Jeff on 10-17-2017

[QUOTE=bluebeam;18139123]that snake made gbp more money while oscar was getting ****ed in fishnets, than oscar has made for gbp since scheafer left. thats a fact[/QUOTE] GBP was not making as much money as people thought they were, and the fighters…

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