Puerto Rican prizefighter Miguel Cotto has not fought since his loss to Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez, but a tentative schedule has been set for his return on December 3rd at the Madison Square Garden. It will also feature an undefeated fighter who, at 35, only has 17 fights recorded in his seven-year pro career: Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Will Miguel Cotto next fight Juan Manuel Marquez? Negotiations to that bout fell off due to weight disagreements. JMM only wanted to participate at a catch weight of 147 lbs., while the Puerto Rican wanted it to happen at 155 lbs.
Based on Miguel Cotto news, he will still have to secure an opponent for December, so stay tuned for updates.
Guillermo Rigondeaux next fight could be against the unbeaten Moises Flores. The Mexican has a record of 26-0-1 (no contest). He’s retained his WBA interim Super Bantamweight belt twice, and won the IBO title, defeating Paulus Ambunda by UD on June.
The WBA had issued an order for both teams to start negotiations to unify their titles according to a report by Boxingscene.
The “Jackal” won the regular title versus Rico Ramos in 2012 and snatched the WBO, The Ring, and lineal super bantamweight titles when he fought Nonito Donaire the following year.
2012 was the best year for the ultra-talented Cuban, whose skill set was on full display against Nonito Donaire who seemed unbeatable at that time.
In retrospect, it may also have been a dismal time in his career ‘cause he’s been avoided by the best in his division since.
Scott Quigg, who lost to Carl Frampton early this year, is keener on fighting Nehomar Cermeno probably by November.
On the other hand, Carl Frampton had chosen a different path, although winning impressively against Leo Santa Cruz.
It’s been a lonely place on top of one of the purest boxers in the sport. I’ve personally spoken to Nonito Donaire months ago, and he said he wants to avenge his loss someday, but nothing seems to fall into place.
The same goes for his negotiations to fight against another superb fighter in Vasyl Lomachenko.
At 35, a couple more years to go, and he shall have lost his title against an indefatigable foe. Guillermo Rigondeaux next fight shall have been against time at the expense of wasted talent.
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