Former four weight champion Miguel Cotto will return for the first time since surrendering his middleweight title to Saul Alvarez in November 2015. Cotto will face James Kirkland, who is also coming off a loss to Saul Alvarez. Kirkland has been absent from the ring since being knocked out by Alvarez in May 2015.
There were talks of Cotto facing Juan Manuel Marquez on and off for most of last year however nothing came to fruition as a weight division couldn’t be agreed upon. The fight with Kirkland will be fought at junior middleweight and will take place in Kirkland’s home state of Texas. Cotto has often fought in New York and the fact that this fight is in Texas could be the result of the new insurance bill passed in New York in September.
This fight will be broadcast on HBO PPV in the United States and is already tipped to be a financial flop due to the fact that Roc Nation Sports, Cotto’s promoter, owes Cotto $10 million for the final fight of his contract. Us fans in Australia can expect a $30-40 pay per view price, if the fight is shown at all. Kirkland will come to fight and will be dangerous but Cotto has always been resilient and should be able to shake off anything Kirkland can land and his firepower should prove too much for Kirkland.
A win for Cotto would put him in the running for a potential rematch with Saul Alvarez should Alvarez stay at junior middleweight. Short of that there aren’t a lot of big money options for Cotto at junior middleweight. There’s plenty of talent in the division, with Erislandy lara, the Charlo brothers, Demetrius Andrade and Austin Trout (who holds a win over Cotto) in the division, but none of them will make the sory of money Cotto will be looking for in the twilight of his career.