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Cotto, Martinez on a quest for history

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

When middleweight champ Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto step into the ring on June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, each man will look to enhance their legacy with another signature win.

For Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs), he will attempt to become the first Puerto Rican to win a world title in four weight classes, while also attempting to remove the bad taste from his mouth, having lost to Austin Trout at MSG in his previous fight at the legendary arena.  Before the loss, Cotto, who has been a staple in NYC, was unbeaten in the arena, and with the Puerto Rican Day Parade taking place one day later on June 8, there is no question that the former three-division champ, will look to give his fans something additional to celebrate.

“I am very happy to be back in my second home, Madison Square Garden in New York, to once again make history in front of my fans,” said Cotto.  “I will be ready and prepared to do whatever it takes to bring the WBC middleweight championship of the world to my country of Puerto Rico.”

Cotto and Martinez were both in Puerto Rico this week to formally announce the fight, and will be making another stop in New York City.

Cotto_Martinez_PR pc_140310_001a“I’m very excited because I’ll have the chance to make history, to become the first Puerto Rican to win a world title in four divisions,” added Cotto. “I know that the knee [of Martinez] is fine, and you’ll have no excuses for your loss, declared Cotto to Martinez, who was sitting close by.

Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs) meanwhile, has been out of action since last April, having been nursing an injured right knee and broken hand since his decision win over Martin Murray in Argentina.  For Martinez, a win would not only signify a seventh consecutive title defense, but would also give him a huge win over a sure-fire Hall of Famer in Cotto, that would surely enhance his career credentials to yet another level.

“I’m sure that Miguel and I will give a great show and we will make all Latinos proud, said Martinez. I’ll be ready to go to war for 12 rounds!”

“It has been my dream to fight in the big room at Madison Square Garden, a place where many great fighters have showcased their talents,” added Martinez.  “It is the biggest stage in the world and the world will be watching this fight.”

It’s never a dull fight when Cotto or Martinez are involved and come June 7, fans should be in for a treat, as one of these two men will make a big statement on the grandest stages in boxing.

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