Roc Nation Sports, Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions and Canelo Promotions announced today that WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion Miguel Cotto will be defending his titles, and reputation, against Mexican boxing icon Canelo Alvarez on Saturday, November 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
The fight will be broadcast live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The price has not yet been announced.
“I will give the fans the fight they want to see,” Cotto said via press release. “As I have always said, during my whole career, I am here to fight the best names and the best fighters. This will be another chapter in my career and I will be ready for him. Fans will enjoy a real fight, another classic battle in the Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry.”
Cotto, the first Puerto Rican to become world champion in four different weight classes was last in action stopping Daniel Geale in June. Prior to the Geale encounter Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) had dispatched middleweight legend Sergio Martinez in June of 2014 to lift the WBC World middleweight title.
“Historically, mega-fights are made because fans demand them,” Alvarez said. “In this case, the fans have spoken out, longing for this fight and it is my pleasure to say that it is finally happening. All fights at this level are very important, but this fight in particular has something more. It will hold a special place in history as part of the big rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico, and I promise all the fans that this is going to be an event that will not disappoint.”
Two-time world champion Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) comes to November’s fight having beaten James Kirkland, Erislandy Lara, and Alfredo Angulo since his only career defeat at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013.
“The great rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico has a rich history in the sport of boxing,” said Jose “Chepo” Reynoso, Manager to Canelo Alvarez. “Classic fights like Julio Cesar ‘J.C.’ Chavez vs. Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho and Wilfredo Gomez vs. Salvador Sanchez are prime examples of the history of that great rivalry. Cotto-Canelo will become part of that history, a fight that most likely will be the biggest fight to date due to the great popularity of both of the warriors. Fans demanded this fight and now have it!”
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