Cotto vs. Martinez Gets the Green Light!
By Elizer Garcia, RCM Boxing Correspondent
New York, NY (February 20th, 2013)– Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) is going to take a shot at history when he challenges Middleweight king, Sergio Martinez (51-2,-28KO’s) for his WBC title on June 7th, at Madison Square Garden. Cotto is looking to become the first Puerto Rican native to win a fourth division world title. The bout will be at a catch- weight of 159 Ib. The fight is one of the most anticipated bouts of the year and will be televised by HBO PPV. Leading up to the bout 24/7 Cotto/ Martinez will give us a behind the scenes look at both camps as it leads up to fight night.
Miguel Cotto is coming off a 3rd round TKO stoppage of Delvin Rodriguez (38-4, – 16 KO’s). Prior to the bout Cotto teamed up with trainer of the year Freddie Roach, in hopes of ending his career with some major victories. Freddie Roach who also trains Manny Pacquiao, has stated that he believes he can help take Miguel to a victory over Sergio Martinez
In September of 2012, Roach was on the opposite corner of Martinez with his former pupil Chavez Jr. Chavez lost the majority of the rounds, until he began to step up the pace and managed to knock Martinez in a dramatic 12th round.
Since then, Martinez won a controversial unanimous decision over Martin Murray in his home town of Argentina. In the bout, Murray managed to knock down Martinez twice, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to win over the judges’ score cards. As for Sergio, suffered a broken hand and later on revealed needed knee surgery.
The bout will take place a day before the Puerto Rican parade in NYC, which Arum believes will bring in big numbers. Both Cotto and Martinez are at the near end of the career and are looking to leave their sport with big victories over each other.