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Two action-packed fights featuring world champions, emerging stars and fierce rivalries have been added to the televised pay-per-view undercard of Miguel Cotto vs. James Kirkland on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. The event will air live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
The co-feature bout will spotlight reigning WBA World Super Bantamweight champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) in a mandatory 12-round WBA title defense against WBA interim titleholder Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs). Both fighters are eager to contend for the top super bantamweight status and upset the other’s perfect record.
“I'm very excited, it’s my first fight back in the states in over a year,” said Rigondeaux. “I want to show the world and my loyal fans that I am still one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world.”
"I'm very excited to be facing Guillermo Rigondeaux on Saturday, February 25 on HBO Pay-Per-View," said Flores. "I'd like to thank my team at Probox Management along with HBO for providing this opportunity. I'm training hard and look forward to making the Mexican fans proud when I defeat the great Rigondeaux."
The televised undercard will also include WBC Youth World Super Bantamweight champion and Golden Boy Promotions top-flight prospect Diego De La Hoya (16-0, 9 KOs) against Cuban pugilist Yoandris “El Nino” Salinas (21-2-2, 14 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight contest. De La Hoya drew a unanimous decision against veteran fighter Orlando Del Valle at AT&T Stadium on the undercard of September’s Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith showdown. Salinas seeks a big return to the ring following 18 months away from boxing because of a hand injury.
“I want to be at the top, and leave a legacy behind that makes people look at me as one of the greats – and that comes with accepting tougher fights like this one,” said De La Hoya. “Salinas has fought a number of great fighters, but with my discipline and hunger to become the best I can be, I will put it all on the line to come out victorious!"
“Diego may be undefeated but I’m here to show the world that I’m back and still a contender” said Salinas. “Everything is bigger in Texas and the Texas fans can expect a big show on February 25 when we go toe-to-toe. This fight is about pride and a victory on the undercard of Cotto-Kirkland puts me one step closer to my goal of winning a world title.”
Cotto vs. Kirkland is a 12-round junior middleweight fight presented by Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions and Ford Center at The Star, and is sponsored by Corona Extra. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.