Cotto confirms Martinez WBC title challenge for MSG on June 7
As expected, Miguel Cotto’s world middleweight title attempt against Sergio Martinez has been rubberstamped for June 7 at the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York.
Cotto’s advisor Gaby Penagaricano confirmed the news that the announcement was imminent to WBN earlier in the week and the Puerto Rican himself has now revealed that the clash is a done deal.
The intriguing Argentina v Puerto Rico encounter will be broadcast on HBO this summer and already has all the makings of not only a Fight of the Year contender, but an all-time boxing classic between two great champions.
Martinez, 38, has ruled the 160lb division since his impressive victories over Kelly Pavlik and Paul Williams in 2010 and only now has a challenger to his throne in the formidable Gennady Golovkin.
‘Maravilla’ makes the second defence of his regained WBC title against three-weight world title holder Cotto, but will need a considerably better performance than he showed against Martin Murray last April to see him through at the 159lb catchweight.
Meanwhile, hard-hitting Cotto is moving up yet another weight division in search of further glory in his career as the 33 year-old looks to build on his low-key demolition job against Delvin Rodriguez in October.
Rumours that Jayson Velez is one fighter to feature on the undercard have yet to be confirmed by Miguel Cotto Promotions, with a formal fight release set to follow shortly.
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