Delvin Rodriguez closing on Cotto fight

July, 17, 2013
The opportunity of his fighting life is nearly in place for Dominican-born junior middleweight Delvin Rodriguez. The Connecticut hitter (28-6-3, 16 KOs) has an agreement in place to fight comebacking Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs), the 32-year-old Puerto Rican ace who is on a two-fight losing streak and in dire need of a win to re-inject buzz into a Hall of Fame-level career.

Rodriguez's manager, AJ Galante, told NYFightblog that Team Rodriguez, which includes promoter Joe DeGuardia, has "an agreement in principal" for a Cotto-Rodriguez fight. The fight would likely unfold on Oct. 5 in Florida and be shown on HBO.

"We are finalizing the documents," Galante said. "It's not done yet, but I'd be surprised if it's not official by the weekend."

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