Miguel Cotto considering AT&T Stadium for Feb. return
Miguel Cotto has locked in a date for his 2017 return on Feb. 25.
Now, he’s exploring venues and one site under consideration is AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which is home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, Miguel Cotto Promotions executive Bryan Perez told RingTV.com on Monday.
Perez said Roc Nation Sports, Cotto’s promoter, was surveying the site as a possibility for Cotto, who hasn’t fought since he dropped a decision to Canelo Alvarez in November of 2015. Canelo attracted an announced crowd of 51,420 fans to AT&T Stadium in his ninth-round knockout of Liam Smith in September, an attendance figure that likely didn’t go unnoticed by Roc Nation.
Perez mentioned the brawler James Kirkland, who Canelo knocked out in the third round in 2015 in Houston, as a leading candidate to face the four-division champion. Perez also mentioned former titleholder Lamont Peterson as in the running, as well. Whomever he faces on Feb. 25, the bout is likely headed to HBO Pay-Per-View.
“He should be coming back in a significant fight,” Perez said in a phone interview. “The time off has been good for him. He didn’t stay away from the gym. He’s been staying in shape. He feels good and healthy and ready to do more exciting fights.” Of the location of the fight, Perez was coy, later acknowledging that AT&T Stadium was an option: “I hear that a place in Texas is one of the main venues for the fight,” he said.
Regarding Kirkland as the leading contender, he said: “There’s some decisions that we still need to do but Kirkland is one of the opponents we’re considering to fight Miguel on Feb. 25.” Perez expects a deal to be finalized later this week. Cotto plans to start training camp in January and will be back with Freddie Roach and campaigning at junior middleweight, Perez said.