Miguel Cotto begins training for June 6 return

Phil Jay 08/04/2015

Tom Casino

WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto is back in the gym as the Puerto Rican prepares for the first defense of his green belt on June 6 in New York.

The 34 year-old will fight for the first time in almost exactly a year following his superb victory over Sergio Martinez at Madison Square Garden when Cotto became a four-weight world title holder in the famous US city.

‘Junito’ has been linked to all manner of opponents for what will be his 44th professional bout as the likes of WBC top-rated contenders Jorge Heiland, Tureano Johnson and Sergio Mora are linked to filling void opposite Cotto in the summer.

Advisor Gaby Penagaricano is optimistic that Cotto’s next bout can be concluded soon.

“We are in a good stage of the negotiations and soon we will have something more solid. The fight will be on June 6th on HBO,” confirmed Penagaricano.

“Miguel started his preparation as usual with sessions in the morning and one at noon. He’s adapting really well as he came to training camp already in great shape,” he added.

Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach is currently tied up preparing WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao for his May 2 bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr, but will be reunited with the 160lb title holder during his latest camp.