Five-time world champion, Miguel Cotto, will square off against James Kirkland on February 25th at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.
The two junior middleweights met for their first press conference on Monday with both fighters looking to bounce back from defeats to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Cotto, who has stated he plans to have just two more fights before retiring (including this one) will want to sure he goes out with two W’s.
“It’s good to be back. 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,” said Cotto. “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.”
Kirkland seems driven to overcome his brutal KO loss against Canelo in 2015 and promises war on February 25th.
“First and foremost, I want to give thanks to God for this opportunity and to my team and the people out there watching and those who will be attending the show,” said Kirkland. “I definitely want to put on a great performance. I didn’t give it my all when I fought Canelo Alvarez. I didn’t prepare the way I needed to but I’m not going to bring any excuses to the table. This fight is to show my team, my fans and everyone who has followed and supported me, that James Kirkland is still in the race. Kirkland is still here to make a stand. Keep my name alive, please attend and watch it come February 25. It’s going to be a war.”
Meanwhile, Ann Wolfe, James Kirkland’s trainer, made perhaps the gave perhaps the most memorable quote of the press conference, promising a fantastic, PPV worthy fight that will end in a KO!
“I know everyone knows that I’m not one for all of the talking, even the sh*t talking or whatever,” said Wolfe. “Every time that Miguel Cotto has entered the ring, I rooted for him to win. Every time that James Kirkland has entered the ring, even when I wasn’t there, I rooted for him to win. This is going to be the first time that I won’t be rooting for Miguel to win. Now, a lot of people are saying this shouldn’t be Pay-Per-View. Bullsh*t, this should be Pay-Per-View because you know that if I’m with James, he is going to fight. Regardless of who Cotto is with, he is going to fight. So I’m telling you that it’s going to be a good fight. Somebody is going to get knocked out. So, come and see who it’s going to be.”
Tickets priced at $304, $204, $154, $104, $79, $54 and $29 not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. local time and will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 and the AT&T Stadium box office.