At the age of 36, Puerto Rican boxing star Miguel Cotto (40-6) has fought against the best fighters of his generation, albeit losing both to Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
Miguel Cotto lost to Canelo Alvarez on Nov. 2015 and was on the road to a rematch until negotiations were put to rest.
There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that Miguel Cotto is a championship-caliber fighter who would give his all before stepping out of the ring. And that’s just what he intends to do, perhaps for one last time, before calling it a career.
He is scheduled to fight James Kirkland on Feb. 25, 2017, at the Ford Center at the Star, Texas.
James Kirkland lost to Canelo Alvarez too but is now reunited with his trainer Ann Wolfe.
I’m very excited to get back into the ring against a legend like Miguel Cotto,” James Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) said in a report by BoxingJunkie. “I’m going to train like never before so I can show the world that the old James Kirkland is back. You know the fight will be exciting while it lasts. February 25 can’t come soon enough.”
Miguel Cotto at his best
Miguel Cotto fought at his best throughout his career, and he intends to perform at that level against James Kirkland. He hasn’t fought for over a year and misses boxing.
“I’ve missed boxing and all I can say right now is that I’m going to bring my best, every day, at every training session. I’ll bring my best here on February 25 to face James Kirkland and hopefully take another victory for Puerto Rico. Thank you to everyone who made this fight happen.” Cotto said in a report by BoxingNewsOnline.
But how much can he push his 36-year-old-body in a young man’s sport? He suffered horrible defeats against Manny Pacquiao and most notably against Antonio Margarito under loaded gloves. Fans show concern for the aging Miguel Cotto, especially after boxing news of Hopkins filled up newsfeeds, being thrown out of the ring.
Miguel Cotto will have none of that.
“We are taking a plane to Los Angeles to train, and we are going in with the same commitment that has always characterized us and we will work exactly the same – with the same strength and with the same emphasis that we have done for all these years.” Miguel Cotto said in a report by BoxingScene.
Miguel Cotto always does his best, leaving all in the ring, and that’s exactly what worries fans at this point in his career.
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