WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 knockouts) officially commenced his training camp at Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California to prepare for his title defense on June 6 in New York. In a surprising turn of events, HBO will televise the fight.
On April 1, HBO announced they would not be televising a Cotto fight unless he agreed to fight former junior middleweight titlist Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at some point in the fall. It appears HBO either caved, or Team Cotto did abide by the demands. It remains unclear.
What we can confirm is that Team Miguel Cotto is expected to choose an opponent this week. As of April 8, there are only two candidates. WBC International middleweight champion, Jorge Sebastian Heiland of Argentina currently leads the way, followed by Pan Asian Boxing Association champion Daniel Geale of Australia, who was knocked out by Gennady Golovkin in July 2014.
In an interview with El Vocero, a news source based in Puerto Rico, Miguel Cotto’s legal advisor confirmed that training camp has begun.
“Miguel started his preparation as usual with sessions in the morning and one at noon. He’s adapting really well as he came to training camp already in great shape,” explained Gabriel Penagaricano.
The morning workout is directed and supervised by Gavin McMillan, who also helps train former junior welterweight titlist, the hard-hitting Ruslan Provodnikov.