WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has outlined what could be in store for middleweight champion Miguel Cotto in the immediate future, along with denying that the Puerto Rican has vacated the title.
There have been some rumours that Cotto intends to drop the 160lb belt and head back down to 154lbs, a move that would then leave the green belt free to be added to the newly-announced October 18 bout between Gennady Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio.
Sulaiman has stated that he has no knowledge of any potential action by Cotto, but did say that the four-weight world champion will face the winner of the WBA and IBO title fight after his nexy bout – which surprisingly may not be until May of next year.
“Miguel Cotto has an authorised major fight for May 2015, with the winner of that fighting against the winner of Golovkin versus Rubio,” Sulaiman told World Boxing News without revealing who Cotto will face in nine months time.
On the matter of Cotto vacating the middleweight belt, Sulaiman added: “It’s the first I hear of it and I don’t think its true.”
Cotto is still riding the crest of a wave since his majestic victory over Sergio Martinez at Madison Square Garden in June and at this point would be out of the ring for eleven months unless he decides on a warm-up before his ‘major fight’ next spring.
The 33 year-old has been linked to a clash with Saul Alvarez since his stoppage win over Martinez, although there has been some loud calls for Cotto to face Golovkin to see who really is the top operator in the division.
Weight issues may come into play for Cotto when he next opponent is announced, but if he does want an extended stay at 160lbs, a fight with Golovkin seems unavoidable provided that the Kazakh continues his middleweight reign of terror.
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