Cotto likely to return on June 24th

Miguel Cotto
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Puerto Rican star and former four division world champion, Miguel Cotto, is likely to return to the ring on June 24th.

Bryan Perez, head of Miguel Cotto Promotions, revealed the new fight date after discussions with Cotto’s promoter, Roc Nation Sports.

“June 24th is the date that Roc Nation has pointed out for Miguel’s return. The details of the opponent and the television network are what’s missing. But that is the date they have given us,” said Perez.

Cotto was scheduled to fight James Kirkland on February 25th. However, the contest was cancelled when Kirkland was forced to withdraw after fracturing his nose during training.

Neither an opponent or a venue has been confirmed with several options apparently on the table at the moment.

“As for possible locations, Roc Nation executives have pointed out that there is a number available. They have talked about New York, Dallas, Las Vegas and even Orlando,” said, Perez. “There are at least four cities available for June 24 although our preference would be New York and that was our request.”

As for opponents, a number of names have mentioned of late, including; Liam Smith, Amir Khan and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Smith faces a tough task when he faces domestic rival, Liam Williams, at Manchester Arena on April 8th, but told the Daily Star “That is a fight I want.”

As for Amir Khan, although talks are reported to have taken place, he now seems like an unlikely choice as June 24th falls just before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan ends.

Marquez has long been considered a front-runner. However, such a fight would have to take place at 147lbs – something Cotto’s trainer, Freddie Roach, says isn’t a problem.

“We’ll make weight. We can make welterweight. He’s disciplined in his life. He doesn’t let his body get too big anymore. So it won’t be as much of a struggle as it once was,” said Roach, speaking to

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