Five-time World Champion Miguel Cotto believes his next fight with James Kirkland on February 25th is a new chapter and says he would welcome a rematch with Saul Alvarez.

The Puerto Rican returns to the ring after a 15-month layoff to face Kirkland in Texas, live on BoxNation. In November, he told a Puerto Rican newspaper that 2017 will be his last year in boxing.


Speaking at a press conference this month to launch the fight, he said: “It’s going to be a great fight, I know that James always comes with a wiry attitude, and I’m going to do the same.

“This fight is going to be the newest chapter in my career. I’m going to handle it in the best way possible. I’m going to do my best, first with Freddie [Roach] in the gym and then on the night of the fight to make my family proud,” added Cotto.

Cotto has not fought since dropping a unanimous decision to Canelo in 2015, making the break the longest period of inactivity in his 15-year career. The 36-year-old is keen for a rematch with the unbeaten Mexican.

“I’m here for the best fights and the best fighters out there so if Canelo Alvarez wants to fight, to clear what happened November 2015, they know where to find me.

“It was close. We orchestrated the plan in a perfect way and we believe that we were the winners of the fight,” Cotto said.

Kirkland’s last outing also ended in a defeat to Canelo, albeit a rather more conclusive loss - a heavy third-round knockout. While the American packs power, Cotto will be expected to win this fight.

“I can’t control what people say about me after I retire,” continued the four-weight World Champion. “All I do in life is for my family and my kids. That is going to be my legacy – what they think about me.”

Watch the full press conference below: