According to Mitch Abramson of RingTV.com, Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) has officially locked in a date for his anticipated 2017 return.
While all the details are not finalized, Cotto has set February 25 as the date, with AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas being a possible location according to Miguel Cotto Promotions executive Bryan Perez, per RingTV.com.
Cotto has not been in the ring since November of 2015, when he lost the WBC Middleweight title to Canelo Alvarez at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
According to Perez, James Kirkland, who hasn’t fought since May 2015 when he was blasted in three rounds by Canelo Alvarez, is a leading candidate to face the Puerto Rican legend.
“There’s some decisions that we still need to do but Kirkland is one of the opponents we’re considering to fight Miguel on February 25,” said Perez.
Perez also mentioned that Washington, DC native Lamont Peterson was also in the running to face Cotto, although Round By Round Boxing has been informed by a source that Peterson is considering another offer within the Premier Boxing Champions network.
“He [Cotto] should be coming back in a significant fight. The time off has been good for him. He didn’t stay away from the gym. He’s been staying in shape. He feels good and healthy and ready to do more exciting fights,” said Perez.
Regardless of who he faces, the 36-year-old Cotto will likely do so on HBO Pay-Per-View.
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