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Miguel Cotto Says 2017 Will Be Last Year Of Career

The retirement talk continues.

While Andre Ward is hinting about calling it a career, Puerto Rican boxing superstar Miguel Cotto has made up his mind. 2017 will be his last year as a prize fighter.

During a recent lunch meeting with media in Manhattan, the four division winner announced that he’s decided to wind up his boxing career:

“This is the last year of my career and I want to end my career in the best way possible. I knew I wanted to come back and this is the way that I want to do it. I want to have two or three fights this year. We will see.”

The first of these bouts will be on February 25, when he faces James Kirkland in a Junior Middleweight bout at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas:

The bout will mark Cotto’s first since losing the middleweight title to Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in 2015. That defeat is one that’s still in Cotto’s mind. And it’s one that he’d love to get back if he gets past Kirkland:

“I’m here for the best fights and the best fighters out there, so if Canelo Alvarez wants to fight, to clear what happened November 2015, they know where to find me.”

Canelo beat Cotto with the scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111 but many thought the fight was closer than how the judges scored it. Cotto thought he did enough to beat Alvarez:

“It was close. We orchestrated the plan in a perfect way and we believe that we were the winners of the fight.”

Alvarez is currently in talks with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for a Cinco De Mayo weekend bout at 165 pounds. However, that fight isn’t a done deal yet as both camps haven’t agreed on the financial terms yet. 

 

 

 

 

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