Miguel Cotto Promotions Looking To Resume Boxing By August
A former boxing champion is doing his part to ensure the sport has a chance to return to Puerto Rico. Miguel Cotto is partnering up his Miguel Cotto Promotions with H2 Entertainment to submit a proposal to Puerto Rico’s Department of Sports and Recreation. He is hoping to have fights return by August.
The idea behind the collaboration would be to ensure that no fans would be attending events. Boxers participating in the events would be tested twice for the coronavirus and sanitized equipment would be utilized.
“The plan we submitted is about how we can do events and get boxing back to work without [fans in attendance],” Executive Director of Miguel Cotto Promotions Bryan Perez stated to Boxing Scene. “We want to show them that we are prepared to follow all [safety and health] protocols to make this work.”
Puerto Rico has not held a boxing event since February when they had a set of shows following the San Juan earthquakes. A location in the proposal would be San Juan’s Nilmarie Santini complex. Other ideas from the proposal include periodic temperature checks and having medical staff 12 feet away from the ring.
Cotto (41-6) is the first Puerto Rican-born fighter to win world titles in four different weight classes. He is a former WBC Light-Welterweight Champion, WBA Welterweight Champion, and a lineal middleweight champion. Retiring in 2017, Cotto decided to focus his attention on Miguel Cotto Promotions. He represents fighters like former WBA Super-Featherweight Champion Alberto Machado and former WBO Light-Flyweight Champion Angel Acosta.
This comes after Top Rank announced its intentions to return to action in June, while Golden Boy is expecting to return by July. Nicaragua was recently able to host an event with fans, staging hope for all of boxing to come back soon. While Puerto Rican events will have to be without crowds, for now, the proposal could lay some groundwork for future opportunities.