WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto fights Daniel Geale a year on from his impressive destruction of Sergio Martinez in 2014, a performance which sealed the Puerto Rican’s place in history as a four-weight world title holder.
The 34 year-old had been steadily mulling over his opponent for his June 6 clash in New York, which has been scheduled for some time, having been linked to fights against Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin, Cornelius Bundrage, Jorge Sebastian Heiland and Sergio Mora – among others since the turn of the year.
A move back down to the super welterweight limit has been put on hold for the time being as Cotto defends his coveted green belt against Australian Geale at an agreed catchweight of 157lbs at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Geale, 34, is a former unified IBF and WBA champion, although has suffered two defeats from his last four bouts, and was completely taken apart by Cotto’s arch-rival at 160lbs Gennady Golovkin last July at Madison Square Garden.
A December victory over compatriot Jarrod Fletcher on home turf has catapulted ‘The Real Deal’ back into title contention though and Geale will aim to pick up his third world championship if he can overcome the odds and dethrone Cotto.
The contest will be promoted by rapper Jay-Z’s Roc Nation promotional outfit and will represent a debut under the banner for Cotto having signed a contract with the company in March of this year.