Cotto Finally Returning in February
ESPN is reporting that Miguel Cotto will finally end his 15-month layoff on February 25. He’ll take on James Kirkland in a 12-round bout that will headline an HBO PPV card being put on by Roc Nation Sports and Cotto Promotions. The fight will take place at the 12,000 seat Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.
Bryan Perez of Cotto Promotions told the network that the fight has been agreed to, and he expected a formal announcement by Roc Nation Sports as soon as Thursday.
"Miguel is back in the ring and we are all excited. Like he always does, Miguel wants to go in the ring and put on a great show," Perez said.
Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) has been one of the sport’s biggest stars, having won titles at junior welterweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight levels. However he hasn’t fought since losing a decision and the middleweight title to Canelo Alvarez in November 2015.
Speaking on why Cotto would return against Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs), who hasn’t fought since 2015, Perez said, "We tried to do other fights, but you know how the business is. Kirkland was there, he was willing to fight Miguel, he makes good fights, and we made the fight. Miguel will do his best to give a great show and an exciting fight."
Perez said Cotto would begin training camp with trainer Freddie Roach at his Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California, in early January.
Perez also hyped the new facility, which is part of the Dallas Cowboys larger practice complex, as ideal for a fight.
"It’s a beautiful place," Perez said. "We’re excited to be the first big sports event there other than football."