Thursday, July 11, 2013
Cotto-Rodriguez likely in Orlando
By Dan Rafael
Miguel Cotto's return to the ring on Oct. 5 will likely take place in Orlando, Fla., at the Amway Center.
The paperwork is being finalized to bring the Miguel Cotto fight on Oct. 5 (HBO) to the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., Top Rank chairman Bob Arum told ESPN.com on Wednesday.
Arum had also been considering staging the fight at Marlins Stadium in Miami. Arum said either place would have been a good site, but he likes Orlando, where there is a sizable Puerto Rican population. It's also where Cotto has trained. Cotto's opponent for the junior middleweight fight isn't yet signed, but it likely will be two-time world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez.
The fight would be the most significant in that region since February 2007, when Chad Dawson won a light heavyweight world title for the first time by outpointing Tomasz Adamek at the Silver Spurs Arena in the Orlando suburb of Kissimmee. That card also featured two other world title bouts: Julio Diaz winning a lightweight belt against Jesus Chavez and Cory Spinks defending a junior middleweight title against Rodney Jones.
• The formal announcement of the world title doubleheader at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on Aug. 24 (Showtime) was scheduled for Thursday at a Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles. Featherweight titlist Abner Mares will defend against former two-division titlist Jhonny Gonzalez in the main event, and junior featherweight titlist Victor Terrazas will face mandatory challenger (and former bantamweight titleholder) Leo Santa Cruz in the co-feature.
• Two televised undercard bouts for Showtime's Aug. 9 tripleheader at the Fantasy Springs resort in Indio, Calif., are set, according to Golden Boy matchmaker Eric Gomez: junior middleweight Jermall Charlo (14-0, 10 KOs) will take on Antwone Smith (23-4-1, 12 KO) and junior lightweight Francisco Vargas (16-0-1, 13 KOs) will meet Brandon Bennett (15-0, 7 KOs). Heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder (28-0, 28 KOs), a 2008 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist, will headline against faded former titleholder Sergei Liakhovich (25-5, 16 KOs).