Saturday 30 June 2012

Cotto looking likely to move up to middleweight!

Cotto with his light-middleweight titles.
Former light-middleweight world champion Miguel Cotto has set a date for his return to the ring (December 1st) and he is even considering moving up to 160lb for the first time in his career. If he won a title at this weight, he would become the first Puerto Rican boxer to win a world title in four different weight divisions.

Although Cotto is a very, very good fighter, and no doubt one of the best in the world today, it would be very tough for him to become a dominant force at middleweight. He is only  5"7 and would be a lot smaller than most of the champions at 160lb. He is hoping that a catch-weight fight will be made.

"It's a very attractive option for me. We're analysing and studying to see if we can do it. Yes, it''s a motivation, to become the first Puerto Rican champion to win titles in four weight divisions," explained Cotto.

"I do not know [how high I could fight]. Those are things to discuss in the negotiations."

Cotto has ruled out any rumours and allegations that he will be the opponent for WBC light-middleweight champion on September 15th. 

"September is not a possibility. I have plans in my family with July. Fighting in September would be disrupting the plans that I have with them and that is something that I will not do."

The most likely opponent at the moment is the WBO interim-champion Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam. The Frenchman and his promoter have already revealed that they would be more than willing to fight Cotto in November. They also said that the right amount of money would overcome any potential issues about the weight.

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