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NEW YORK -- Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions are pleased to announce that five-time world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) will return to the ring on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, when he takes on James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Coming off respective losses to Canelo Alvarez, both fighters will be seeking redemption in a 12-round junior middleweight showdown. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
"I’m excited to return to the ring and put on a great show. I can’t wait to start training camp and get ready for February 25," said Cotto.
"I'm very excited to get back into the ring against a legend like Miguel Cotto," said Kirkland. "I'm going to train like never before so I can show the world that the old James Kirkland is back. You know the fight will be exciting while it lasts."
This will be the first event of its kind held at Ford Center at The Star, the state-of-the-art, 510,000-square-foot indoor athletic facility shared by the Dallas Cowboys, the City of Frisco and Frisco ISD’s high schools.
Tickets priced at $304, $204, $154, $104, $79, $54 and $29 not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. CT (local time) and will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 and the AT&T Stadium box office.
Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) is a former WBC and Ring Magazine middleweight world champion and the first native of Puerto Rico to become world champion in four different weight classes. He previously held the WBO junior welterweight world title, the WBA welterweight world title, the WBO welterweight world title and the WBA super welterweight world title. Cotto has competed in 24 world championship fights, compiling a record of 19-5 with 16 knockouts in those bouts. He is trained by legendary Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and has fought some of the biggest names in the sport, including Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.
A Texas titan, representing the city of Austin, 32-year-old southpaw James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) has built his reputation with explosive power. His fists have accounted for 28 knockout victories over the course of his nearly 14-year professional career. Kirkland is a former NABO and WBC Continental Americas Champion.
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