Former four division world champion, Miguel Cotto is likely to return to the ring in April or June, according to Bryan Perez of Miguel Cotto Promotions.
Cotto’s bout with James Kirkland, scheduled for February 25th, fell through when Kirkland was forced to withdraw from the contest after fracturing his nose during training.
When the contest was called off, Cotto, who had spent five weeks in training camp, returned to Puerto Rico.
However, given that Cotto has indicated he intends to fight twice before retiring at the end of this year, he is keen to find a new opponent as soon as possible.
According to Perez, commitments are already in place for PPV and aside from choosing a suitable opponent, it appears to be a case of deciding where to place such an event on the boxing calendar.
Yet, with GGG vs. Jacobs and Canelo vs. Chaves Jr. taking place in March and May, respectively, and most high-profile opponents tied up – Roc-Nation has their work cut out.
“The plan is to fight before the summer and then again by the end of the year. It is the same plan since the beginning. With that in mind, Roc Nation knows their assignment,” said Perez, speaking to Carlos Gonzales. “There are already commitments with several dates [available], but HBO are working on the best alternatives to have Miguel back.”
“Having two pay-per-view events just a few weeks apart is not practical. And obviously, the fight of Canelo [vs. Chaves Jr.] is a giant and with that we cannot compete. But, April or June are the dates that seem to be viable and in which we are insisting with Roc Nation.”
“We would work with anyone who represents the best options with respect to the economic terms for Miguel. It does not matter if he’s a Top Rank or [Al] Haymon fighter, we’re available.”