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Miguel Cotto Taps Freddie Roach, Returns to Top Rank
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Miguel Cotto Taps Freddie Roach, Returns to Top Rank

Jul 8 2013, 4:51am CDT | by

Puerto Rican boxing sensation Miguel Cotto recently tapped Freddie Roach to take over as his trainer once he steps back in the ring on October 5 featuring a card to be promoted by Top Rank.

Miguel Cotto's new trainer is no other than Freddie Roach in his return to Top Rank on October 5.  ESPN's Dan Rafael confirmed the Roach hire and the the return to Top Rank, which helped in his...

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Miguel Cotto Taps Freddie Roach, Returns to Top Rank

Jul 8 2013, 4:51am CDT | by

Puerto Rican boxing sensation Miguel Cotto recently tapped Freddie Roach to take over as his trainer once he steps back in the ring on October 5 featuring a card to be promoted by Top Rank.

Miguel Cotto's new trainer is no other than Freddie Roach in his return to Top Rank on October 5. 

ESPN's Dan Rafael confirmed the Roach hire and the the return to Top Rank, which helped in his journey to become world champion. Cotto, who did not name an opponent for the fight, made the announcement on Twitter on Saturday.  

"I will be back in the ring on Oct. 5 on HBO with Top Rank and [with trainer] Freddie Roach in my corner."

Rafael says the likely opponent in the junior middleweight fight will be contender Delvin Rodriguez, although this has yet to be confirmed.  

Pro Boxing Insider's Michele Emrick reports Cotto's announcement should put to restany speculation of Saul "El Canelo" Alvarez as his next opponent. Emrick also points out the lack of quality opposition in Top Rank, citing Golden Boy Promotions currently owns the big names in the junior middleweight divsion. The report also links Cotto to Carlos Molina as another prospective opponent. 

Other names which have come up include David Zegarra, Damian Jonak and Michael Oliveira. BoxingNews24.com is quick to emphasize that Molina isn't someone who is being lined up for Cotto, who is seeking a change of fortune with the Roach hire after losing consecutive fights to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Austin Trout. 

Cotto's adviser Gaby Penagarciano says his fighter hopes to work with Roach until the end of his career. He also adds they have nothing against former trainer Pedro Diaz, as the change was brought about by Cotto's desire for a fresh start, per Rafael. 

"Miguel wanted to try a few names so we reached out to certain trainers but it clicked with Freddie. At this stage in his career, he wants to train with Freddie and that's what we're going to do and, hopefully, he will be the trainer until the end of Miguel's career. But we have nothing negative to say about Pedro whatsoever. Pedro is extremely good and dedicated trainer but Miguel wanted something fresh and Freddie is a good match. We had a couple of very good meetings, face to face, and they were very positive, incredibly positive and they clicked."

Cotto's return to Top Rank did nothing to adversely affect their friendship with Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer and president Oscar de la Hoya. 

"We had an excellent talk with Richard and Oscar and that's how we want to keep it."

Cotto's current record stands at 37-4 with 30 wins by knockout. 

 
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Erislandy Lara vs Ishe Smith official for December 12 on Showtime

Nov 1 2014 9:07pm CDT | Source: bad left hook

Erislandy Lara will take on Ishe Smith on December 12, live on Showtime. During tonight's Showtime boxing "special edition," it was announced that Erislandy Lara would defend his WBA "world" (aka "regular") junior middleweight title on Friday, December 12, facing Ishe Smith on Showtime from San Antonio, Texas. Lara (19-2-2, 12 KO) last fought on July 12, losing a split decision to Canelo Alvarez in L ...
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Golovkin: Martin Murray is the best available opponent for me

Oct 27 2014 7:31am CDT | Source: boxing news

By Scott Gilfoid: With WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) unable to get WBC 160 pound champion Miguel Cotto or former WBA/WBC 154lb champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to step inside the ring to face him, Golovkin will need to be satisfied with facing #1 WBC Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12 KOs) on […] ...
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Roach thinks Bute will become a world champion again very soon

Oct 25 2014 10:17pm CDT | Source: boxing news

By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach believes that he can resurrect former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) and turn him into world champion again in the near future at 175. Roach thinks he can turn the 35-year-old Bute’s career in the same way that he turned around Miguel Cotto’s career. Howe ...
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Will Gennady Golovkin Keep His KO Streak Alive vs Resilient Marco Antonio Rubio?

Oct 14 2014 4:43pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

WBA and IBO middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin has knocked out 17 opponents in a row. To put that in perspective, Mike Tyson opened his career by knocking out 19 fighters in a row, none of which were as skilled or as accomplished as Golovkin’s last seven. Like Tyson was in the 1980s, Golovkin has become the scariest man on the planet. Golovkin’s power and skill level are unrivaled at 160 pounds, and he appears to be a fighter destined for big things.  TheFi ...
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6 weeks ago

Canelo Alvarez Cancels Dec. 6 Bout vs. Joshua Clottey Due to Ankle Injury

Oct 6 2014 8:17pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Those hoping to see Canelo Alvarez return to HBO on Dec. 6 will certainly be disappointed with the latest news out of his camp. Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports had an unfortunate update regarding Alvarez’s ankle injury: The fight was scheduled to take place against Joshua Clottey in Houston, but that will no longer be the case with this latest setback. Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya told Iola and Yahoo Sports that ...
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7 weeks ago

Floyd Mayweather: Can’t beat him, join him

Sep 29 2014 3:31pm CDT | Source: boxing news

By Victor Candelario: Since the age of 10 I distinctly remember watching Floyd Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 26 KOs) fights and praying for every fighter that stepped in front of him to beat him. The closest thing we got to Floyd losing was Jose Luis Castillo, Oscar D ...
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8 weeks ago

Floyd Mayweather's Act Getting Old After Latest Spat with Manny Pacquiao

Sep 26 2014 5:57pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Floyd Mayweather really needs to stop talking and just fight Manny Pacquiao. It’s time to put up or shut up, and this coming from someone who has been more friendly to Mayweather on the question of a Pacquiao fight than many others. The pound-for-pound king is doing himself no favors by continuing to be dismissive of the potential for a fight, and his incessant trolling isn’t going to win anyone over to his cause that wasn’t already there. The latest in his string of disrespect and vitriol ...
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8 weeks ago

Canelo Alvarez jumps ship from Showtime, signs deal with HBO

Sep 24 2014 8:00am CDT | Source: Bloody Elbow

HBO scores in the boxing cold war with the signing of Canelo Alvarez. Details here at Bloody Elbow. The latest battle in the ongoing HBO vs. Showtime boxing war has been won by HBO. Canelo Alvarez has signed a new deal that will see the superstar now featured exclusively on HBO. Canelo has most recently been featured on Showtime, where he has been the featured player for two PPV cards this year. His showdown with Floyd Mayweather last year ...
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