Cotto, should he get past Geale, will quite likely step to the line against Canelo Alvarez, the 25-in-July-year-old Mexican hitter who breaks hearts in a romantic fashion, ones belonging to adoring admirers, and cracks chins in the squared circle. He’ll need to get past bombs-away banger James Kirkland on May 9, and then if Cotto – who turns 35 in October – takes care of business, the runway is clear. Though this being boxing, until liftoff is achieved, it’s unwise to brag about what will certainly be.
“I am happy and excited to be back in New York and fighting at Barclays Center,” said Cotto. “This is another chapter in my career and I’m committed to train as hard as always and bring a big victory. I’m looking forward to seeing all the Puerto Rican fans on June 6 and to being part of another exciting boxing night in Brooklyn.”
Miguel Cotto’s first fight under the guise of Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports has been set. On June 6, the WBC middleweight champion will face off against former two-time champion Daniel Geale at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The fight will be televised live on HBO.
Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) is arguably the most popular boxer in the Roc Nation stable, and is the only Puerto Rican to have won a world championship in four different weight classes. He’ll fight in very friendly territory, with the bulk of the boisterous New York fans behind him; Brooklyn has the second largest Puerto Rican population of all the Manhattan boroughs.