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#COTTOMARTINEZ FIGHT PREDICTIONS FROM FIGHTERS

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BY DAMON GONZALEZ

@Latinboxsports caught up with a few fighters a week before the showdown between Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez on June 7 Live from @HBOBoxing PPV @MadisonSquareGarden

Otis “TripleG” Griffin: Martinez mw too big for Cotto. This is Cotto/trout all over : southpaw faster, more power, more knowledge.

Radivoje”HotRod” Kalajdzic:
Martinez by TKO late rounds better boxer better speed better foot movement he gone bust Cotto up if he is 100%

Derric Rossy: It’s a tough one I love Cotto but if Martinez can still move around the whole fight he is gonna make it hard. I say Cotto I think he is back to his old self he will bring that signature left hook to the body and break Martinez down. It’s still going to be a great fight.

Randall Bailey:
I like Cotto he gonna be stronger coming up in weight & i think he will be fresher in later rounds.

“Fast”Eddie Chambers:
I’m gonna go with Martinez… because, I’m not sure if Cotto would be able to hurt Martinez moving up to that weight.. then again Martinez looks to be on the down side of his Career… then again so is Cotto even though he has looked pretty good lately..
Also Martinez can Box and has good Speed with Sharp Power and I’m not sure if Cotto will be able to deal with that at this weight..

Jeff”Left Hook” Lacy: I’m leaning towards Martinez. A dangerous fight for Cotto. He’s giving up too much size, I think.

Frankie Galarza,Jr.:
I’m picking Martinez because he’s naturally bigger and he can fight but he hasnt been the same since Chavez so it’s up in the air.

Jerry Belmontes:
I’m going with cotto cause martinez last few fights didn’t look good.

Edner Cherry: I like Martinez, Better boxer he will pick Cotto apart and he is smarter fighter.

Alphonso Black:
I like Martinez because of his awkward style and can throw punches from angles u can not see coming he has great defensive reflexes and this will frustrate cotto a lil bit I believe Martinez will get knockdown but he will get right back up to fight like his last three fights.

Lenroy”TNT” Thomas:
Honestly Cotto! I believe he will used is boxing kills. But Martinez had puncher chance, with his whilst style of boxing. Cotto have to be on his A game, I like Cotto tuff mentality, and smart in the ring. Martinez last fight shows to beat you gave to keep the preacher on him. Even though he pull it out in the end. Cotto his more experience, so if he hurt Martinez he’s going to finish him.

Ruben Ozuna:
Martinez is the better boxer,But I wasn’t impressed with him in his last fight. So if I was to bet I’d put my money on Cotto. He’s determined, was vicious in his last fight, and he Fought Mayweather beautifully and Mayweather being the best Boxer in the sport. I also think Cotto will come in with a vengeance to make history. So Cotto all day!

Amos Cowart: Man that’s a tough one if Cotto fights like he did his last he gas a good chance , but then again Martinez is southpaw and is really good .

Noemi Bosques: Cotto… Boricua power! That’s why lol

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PETROV & MONROE JR. WIN BOXCINO, NABA & NABO TITLES

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PHOTO CREDIT/SHANE SIMS-BANNER PROMOTIONS

PHILADELPHIA -Petr Petrov and Willie Monroe Jr. won the Boxcino 2014 lightweight and middleweight tournaments respectively as Petrov stopped Fernando Carcamo in round 8, while Monroe pounded a 10-round unanimous decision over Brandon Adams at the Turning Stone Resort Casino.

Also in the process, Petrov and Monroe Jr. each took home the NABA and NABO titles as well.

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The show and tournament was promoted by Banner Promotions and was broadcast on ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN

Petrov landed a nice right in round three. Petrov kept up the solid pace as he landed some shots inside the long punches of Carcamo. In round four, Petrov landed two solid uppercuts and a right hand on the inside. In round five, Petrov began to work the body with hard lefts that set off a volume of punches to the head.

Petrov rocked Carcamo in round six with a flurry of punches that had Carcamo stumbling around the ring. In round seven, Petrov began to pound away in spots before landing a big right hand in the final twenty seconds of the round. Petrov landed a huge left and right just before the bell sounded for good measure. The fight could have been stopped in between rounds but Carcamo came out for the 8th but it did not last long as Petrov landed a left and right and the fight was stopped 40 seconds into round 8.

Petrov, 134 lbs of Madrid, Spain is now 35-3 with 17 knockouts. Carcamo, 135 lbs of Ciudad, Obregon, Mexico is now 17-6.

“We had a game plan and it played out like we wanted,”said Petrov.

“The key was my movement that kept him off balance. He never hurt me to the head, but I felt his body shots. This is a great boom to my career. I want to be big in the United States. This is where great events happen and I plan to have a great career here,” finished Petrov.

Said Carcamo, “This was not my night. He was the better man.”

Willie Monroe Jr. won the Boxcino, NABA and NABO Middleweight titles with a 10-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Brandon Adams.
Monroe Jr. was successful with his jab in the first three rounds. Late in round three, Adams landed an overhand right that set off a nice exchange on the inside. Adams came on to start round four by battling on the inside but Monroe put together some crisp combinations to close out the frame. Adams began round five working well on the inside only to eat some hard shots in return. Adams came back to land a flush right in the corner.

In round six, Adams landed a good right hand that sent Monroe into the corner. Moments later, Monroe shot back with a good counter left. Adams got into a pattern of following Monroe around the ring and kept getting caught with combinations. Adams had a good round eight as he had Monroe against the ropes for an elongated period. Monroe was able to fight off in spots and land some solid blows. Adams continued to press the action but Monroe was deft at moving away and in round nine began to dance around the ring.

Monroe Jr, 159 1/2 lbs of Rochester, NY won by scores of 99-91 on all cards and is now 17-1. Adams, 158 lbs of Los Angeles, CA is now 14-1.

“That kid is strong as hell,”said Monroe Jr.

“I knew he was strong, I just had to show him things that he has not seen. He shook me up a couple times.”

Vitor Jones De Oliviera registered a 4-round unanimous decision over Michael Jackson in a Jr. Lightweight bout.

De Oliviera dropped Jackson with a left hook and round three and controlled the action throughout the fight.

De Oliviera, 131 lbs of Salvador, Brazil is the nephew of Brazilian legend Acelino Freitas and is now 4-0.

In a Heavyweight slug fest, Eric George picked up his 1st victory with a 4-round unanimous decision over Raymond Santiago.

George bloodied Santiago’s nose as early as round two and landed the harder shots which led to his victory by scores of 40-36 on all cards.

George, 202 lbs of Niagara Falls, NY is 1-6. Santiago, 232 lbs of Albany, NY is 0-3.

Marcus Hall scored an 4-round majority decision over previously undefeated Cesar Vila in a Jr. Middleweight bout.

Scores were 40-36, 39-37 and 38-38 for Hall, 151 lbs of Rochester, NY and he is now 8-6-1. Vila, 154 lbs of Austin, TX is now 6-1.

Samuel Teah scored a 4-round unanimous decision over Jeremy Graves in Lightweight fight.

Scores were 40-36 on all cards for Teah, 137 lbs of Philadelphia and is now 4-0. Graves, 137 lbs of Niagara Falls, NY is now 0-3.

Oscar Torres scored a 1st round knockdown en route to a 4-round unanimous decision over Cornelius Whitlock in a battle of undefeated Welterweights.

Scores were 40-35 on all cards for Torres, 144 lbs of Anaheim, California and he is now 3-0. Whitlock, 144 lbs of Baltimore, MD is now 3-1-2.

Miguel COTTO, Three-Division World Champion Trainer FREDDIE ROACH and Top Rank President TODD duBOEF Conference Call Transcript, May 22, 2014

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TODD duBOEF: I would like to welcome everyone to Miguel’s conference call. This fight is one we have all been waiting for. Obviously Miguel wants to show time and time again how great New York is and how passionate he is for the fans there and how he has created a great brand with the Puerto Ricans on Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend. But more importantly he has a goal to become the first Puerto Rican fighter to win world titles in four different divisions. In regards to the event, I’m not going to talk about Miguel and how he feels and how he is training – I’ll let Freddie and Miguel do that. Let’s talk about the event. As we went on sale, The Garden told us it was the fastest selling sporting event it has had in many years. The demand has been incredible. The match is right. The fans are behind both Sergio and Miguel and we know that The Garden is going to be electric the night of June 7. So, let’s go to Freddie and Miguel…

FREDDIE ROACH: We are having a great training camp. Miguel is working really hard and we have great sparring partners – some really awkward southpaws. Everything is right on schedule. Miguel is in great shape and I can’t wait for this fight to happen.

MIGUEL COTTO: Everything is going very well and I am having fun with the guys at Wild Card Boxing Club in every part of the training camp. I’m just waiting for the time for the fight to happen.

Was there a time in your career that you ever thought you’d be fighting for a world title at middleweight?

MIGUEL COTTO: Never did it cross my mind that I would be able to go up to 160 pounds. After the fight in October, that was the best scenario. Sergio agreed with us and we moved on to this fight.

You could be the first Puerto Rican to win world titles in four divisions. How do you feel about that?

MIGUEL COTTO: It is a personal matter. A personal achievement that I want to win and I am working for it on June 7. It doesn’t mean that I am going to be better than Wilfredo Gomez, better than Félix Trinidad, better than all of the great champions that Puerto Rico has produced, but for me, Miguel, it will be the greatest accomplishment of my career.

Whether you win the fight or not, most people would think you would be in the conversation with those great champions. Do you feel a victory would put you in the elite group of the Puerto Rican greats?

MIGUEL COTTO: I am just waking up every day trying to do my best in preparation so I am at my best for every opportunity that I have to fight. I don’t want to be named, myself, as one of the elite boxers of Puerto Rico – that’s for the fans and for the people that know about boxing. I just want to do my job the best I can and I am going to do that the rest of my career.

Miguel seems as though he is a smaller person in terms of his build.. Are you concerned that he may be over-reaching in terms of size for this fight?

FREDDIE ROACH: Well, we moved up the weight a little bit and put on more muscle – I think he may actually be taller and he will be stronger on the inside and much more physical on the inside than Martínez is, and we are going to push him around with no problem. I think on the inside we are the bigger stronger fighter.

Do you think Sergio will be as elusive as he has been in the past due to recent injuries?

FREDDIE ROACH: We are going into the fight thinking Sergio is going to be the best that he can be and that’s the way it should be. It sounds like he’s already making excuses but we plan for him to be at his best and we are going to beat him at his best.

You looked so great and 147 and 154 – how do you feel about 160?

MIGUEL COTTO: I feel that I can do the pounds that I need to do. Freddie and Gavin [MacMillan] have given me the opportunity work well with the weight – I don’t see that as an issue at all – I have put that out of my mind. I just work hard and get my work done.

Is it difficult to carry that much weight – will it be a disadvantage?

MIGUEL COTTO: I feel at 160, I don’t need to lose the weight. It’s not about gaining the weight, it is about no having to lose the weight, coming down and trying to cut weight. It is important to stay fit and do the things that I need to do and I think that my body recuperates better during training camp because I don’t have to lose the weight.

You have fought in New York many times [nine times] winning a lot of fights there. The last fight you did not win – is that motivation for you to come back and win at The Garden?

MIGUEL COTTO: You know, you go in there and you are going to win or you are going to lose. The last time I did not come out the winner but I always go in and do my best. I am glad I have the opportunity to go in and show the fans again what I can do.

Against Austin Trout you had a difficult time getting inside. How do you plan to amend that for this fight?

MIGUEL COTTO: These are two different scenarios. You have Austin Trout, who is a gym fighter who has a lot of mobility; and you have Sergio Martínez, who is not a gym guy who moves around a lot but he has a couple issues with his knees. We are going to do our best. I know how I am going to fight Sergio and I can guarantee you we are going to win this fight.

Freddie, what do you think is different today than when he fought Austin Trout?

FREDDIE ROACH: I think he knows how to control the ring a lot better now – we really work on that, ring generalship, quite a bit. I wasn’t part of the Trout fight but I did see the fight. I know Miguel can do a lot better and he has been showing that in training with the bigger, stronger sparring partners and we are more scientific about our approach to this fight and how to control the ring a lot better. I think he’s come a long way this being our second fight together. We have had a great training camp and have a great rapport with each other. I think the problem has been solved in how to cut the ring off from our opponent.

Are you worried your power may not translate to middleweight?

MIGUEL COTTO: When you are a guy with power no matter where you are going you are going to carry that power with you. I’m here doing my best in the training camp and I know what I am capable of doing when I get in the ring on June 7.

Do you care to speak about Martinez’ reference regarding you demands in negotiations?

MIGUEL COTTO: If Sergio has any kind of issue with anything about this fight he can discuss it with his guy. We closed the deal a long time ago and now it is time to train and we can’t talk about anything else.

When you got to camp, you needed to put on muscle and the strategy would be to go to the body – has that bee accomplished?

MIGUEL COTTO: I feel great. I am 33-years-old and you are not going to get a lot more muscle into me. I think it is about keeping what I have – not reducing it — and keeping myself strong. Freddie has given us a plan, a strategy to follow and that’s what I have been working on in camp. I follow all the orders. Everything he needs from me I follow. All of my faith is with him. I do my best every time I go into training camp and this is no different.

Do you think Sergio will be as mobile as history shows us?

FREDDIE ROACH: If he is not mobile then we will catch him a lot earlier than later and it is just a matter of time. But the thing is I am tired of his excuses. We plan for Sergio to be at his best and we will beat him at his best. I don’t want to hear after the fight “my knee hurts.” He’s going into the fight – he signed for the fight – he knows what he’s up against.

What do you think the difference is between him and Trout?

FREDDIE ROACH: Well, he might be bigger but he is not better. I think I have the more experienced fighter and the more talented fighter. So that’s what I am counting on and we are ready to go. We are sparring today and everything is right on track.

You used to be southpaw. When/how did you switch?

MIGUEL COTTO: When I first went to the gym I tried fighting left-handed and it didn’t feel right so I started fighting right-handed and it felt a lot better so that is how I have fought my whole career. When I developed as a fighter I always fought right-handed.

How are the two styles between you and Sergio?

MIGUEL COTTO: I don’t worry about his style, I worry about getting ready for myself and for the way I fight. His concern should be how he is going to fight me. That is not my concern.

Is there an advantage to a left-hander fighting a right-hander?

MIGUEL COTTO: I don’t know. I always fought right-handed. That’s the way I always fought and that’s the way a always felt better. I don’t think it’s an advantage or a disadvantage – it’s just the way I fight.

You have won many championships and beat a lot of great fighters. What will a win in this fight do for you?

MIGUEL COTTO: I just go in there and do my best. It will be important for me to win the championship on June 7 and it will be a great thing for my career.

The Martínez camp said the idea of a catch-weight came from you or from the Cotto Camp. Would you like to respond?

MIGUEL COTTO: That came from Sampson [Lewkowicz]. The first thing we said when we sat at the table was that Sergio can’t run like he did, any more, and he wants to make his weight. He is not going to be able to do less than 159-pounds. That came from them, not from us.

TODD duBOEF: I will make it clean and simple. There were conversations between the camps before the negotiations even started between the two sides and one of the things was the weight. Team Martínez said they could move down as close to what Miguel’s 154-pound limit was, to the weight where he has been fighting. The division changed as the negotiation went on, because that was six or eight months ago. It was just a negotiated piece, which was thrown out that there, that they thought Martínez could get down in weight, and they both settled on 159. It was just one term or piece of the negotiations.

So it was mutual?

TODD duBOEF: It was mutual. There was a request and a conversation that both parties had that the fight could occur somewhere between ’54 and ’60 it was going to be in between. They had planted the seed and the settlement got done on the number.

Miguel, do you feel bad for Freddie because he is peeing blood from the body shots he is taking from you in the ring?

MIGUEL COTTO: I am just doing my work and I didn’t think about it. Sorry Freddie for that (laughing).

Sergio has been saying he is going to knock you out – how do you feel about that?

MIGUEL COTTO: I train for twelve hard rounds; I train for twelve rounds of war. If he only trains for seven or eight he is going to be in trouble after that because I am prepared to go the whole distance and to do whatever it takes to win.

What kind of strategy do you use to fight a guy like Sergio?

MIGUEL COTTO: You know what? That’s why we have a training camp and that’s why we work so hard and that’s why Freddie has a strategy in mind. All I have to do is execute it and that’s my job. He has given me the tools and made me work and now I have to execute his plan.

Are you going to have to counter this guy or be aggressive? What are you going to have to do?

MIGUEL COTTO: I am the same fighter that I have always been. Freddie has worked with me for what I need to do and whatever needs to be done in the ring, Freddie has a plan for it and all I have to do is follow it. I will just listen to my corner. All the work I have put in, in Los Angeles, in the past nine weeks are going to pay off on fight night.

Are you concerned about anything that Sergio may bring into the ring?

MIGUEL COTTO: All my career I have never been concerned with my opponent. I am always concerned about what I need to do – what I have to do. The biggest rival in my career has always been myself. I have to stay focused. I have to stay ready. I just have to follow the plan and everything will work out and I will have the victory.

Are we going to see a different Miguel Cotto on June 7?

MIGUEL COTTO: You are going to see the same guy that started his career 16 years ago, maybe a little older, more mature, and more focused on what I need to do. I think you are going to see that version of Miguel Cotto.

What kind of relationship do you have with Freddie Roach?

MIGUEL COTTO: It was no secret that during the Pacquiao-Cotto tour we had our differences. But when we got into the training camp he made me a better fighter, a better person and a better overall boxer. I think our relationship is great right now and I feel we really understand each other. The chemistry is there to make me a better fighter and that’s what I am trying to do – improve with him by my side.

Do you feel stronger, more powerful?

MIGUEL COTTO: I do feel it. I feel I can hit harder while not losing ring movement.

FREDDIE ROACH: Miguel is one of the hardest punchers I have worked with. We are working every day on the mitts with my body protector on and that doesn’t help that much any more (laughing) – Miguel goes right through that. His punching power is great, his speed has been good and everything is right where I want it to be. Miguel is one of the hardest workers I have been with and he is the most disciplined fighter I have ever worked with. We have a great relationship and it will show in the fight.

TODD duBOEF: In regard to the business end of the fight, the cable operators and our partners at HBO – we have seen incredible interest. For not being a fight with a participant named Mayweather or Pacquiao, this is the biggest fight in at least the last five years, maybe even more. The industry is bracing for that. Obviously Miguel Cotto has established himself as a rainmaker in the pay-per-view industry and we think the chemistry between the two of them is going to have incredible results.

Do you think it will reach one million buys?

TODD duBOEF: Do I see that? Honestly I’m not sure. I think that would be a little bit of a reach but the expectation is not one million. I think that with regards to a fight without a Mayweather or a Pacquiao in there, it’s as big as it’s going to get and that’s what our expectations are. The Puerto Rico Pay-Per-View systems are going to be off the charts with buy rates and we see the rest of the universe performing really well. There are no limitations. We think it is a successful promotion and if there is a relationship to the live gate – when we went on sale, basically in four hours, we went clean and that is another great indicator. I don’t have a crystal ball for you but we anticipate excellent sales.

At what weight do you feel most comfortable coming into the ring?

MIGUEL COTTO: I am going to go in the ring at the weight that is most comfortable for me. It doesn’t necessarily have to be 159. I am going to be comfortable. I have going to be happy. I am going to do my best.

Historically, when Miguel was at 140 specifically, it was chronicled by a lot of people that he blew up in weight on fight night. He got to 155, 156 and even 158 going into the ring but that was many years ago. What I have seen over time with Miguel that he is a smarter fighter and more experienced and has Freddie’s team that he feels great with and that’s what it comes down to. He is going to be at his optimum weight when he is performing no matter what he weighs the day before.

The motivation for this fight outside of winning the fourth world title – do you have another one?

MIGUEL COTTO: Obviously my family. My father taught me at a very early age that your family is very important and they are going to follow in your footsteps. They are going to see you in there. See what you do. And that’s what I try to do – to be my best, to be a good example for them and there is no more motivation than doing well for your kids.

Tell us about your fighters on the undercard…

MIGUEL COTTO: I think they are both wonderful kids. Jose Lopez is one that I think is developing very well and he has a lot of fans now in Puerto Rico. Jantony Ortiz is going to make his pro debut and everyone knows him from the Olympic team. I think you are going to see these kids develop and bring great joy to the fans of Puerto Rico.

TODD DUBOEF: I think the history of the Puerto Rican influence and how it works with boxing goes way back. The thinking was in Las Vegas we had seen the rise of both Puerto Rican and Mexican Independence Day holidays and we felt that if we could link something up with the Puerto Rican Day Parade, which is their celebration, it could be something magical, and who better to do it with than Miguel. I could say this, that the first event there was some education. We had to give consumers – they weren’t used to the walk-ups and the buying of the tickets I think previously at The Garden – for some of the Tito Trinidad fights they had been throwing tickets around on the town. But over time with Miguel we have set up an incredible property and a great celebration for all Puerto Ricans to come together. And Miguel has been terrific in leading the way for many more fighters to come.

MIGUEL COTTO: Thank you, everybody for being here with us and being on this conference call. There are a couple more weeks to go. I hope everyone can enjoy it. I promise a really good fight. We are two good fighters and I am just really excited about it

FREDDIE ROACH: I can’t wait until we get this fight on. It’s going to be the biggest fight of the year.

Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank®, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, PS4, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Cotto – Martínez World Middleweight Championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

MIGUEL COTTO (38-4, 31 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico, who has sold more tickets to The Garden than any other fighter in this millennium, will attempt to become Puerto Rico’s first four-division world champion while SERGIO “Maravilla” MARTÍNEZ (51-2-2, 28 KOs), of Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, who has never lost a world championship fight, defends the title he first won in 2010. Both gladiators boast a combined record of 89-6-2 (59 KOs) – a winning percentage of 92% and a victory by knockout ratio of 66%.

“2 Days: Sergio Martínez” premieres This Saturday! May 24 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

HBO’s Emmy-Award-winning series “24/7 Cotto/Martínez” premieres Saturday, May 31 at 11:15 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

Face Off: Cotto/Martínez HBO Replay Schedule (All times ET/PT):
May 23 (5:30 p.m.), 24 (10:45 a.m.), 27 (11:45 p.m.), 29 (4:45 p.m.) 30 (9:45 p.m.)
and June 3 (12:45 p.m. & 3:45 a.m.), 5 (1:00 a.m.), 6 (8:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.) and 7 (10:30 a.m.)

Remaining tickets to the Cotto vs. Martínez world middleweight championship event, priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at http://www.ticketmaster.com and http://www.thegarden.com.

For fight updates go to http://www.toprank.com, http://www.hbo.com/boxing, http://www.dbe1.com, http://www.sampsonboxing.com, http://www.promocionesmiguelcotto.com and http://www.maravillabox.com, Facebook at facebook.com/trboxing, facebook.com/trboxeo, facebook.com/DiBellaentertainment, facebook.com/TopRankMiguelCotto, facebook.com/maravillabox, and facebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxing, twitter.com/trboxeo, twitter.com/dibellaent, twitter.com/SampsonBoxing, twitter.com/hboboxing, twitter.com/realmiguelcotto or twitter.com/maravillabox. Use the Hashtag #CottoMartinez to join the conversation on Twitter.

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SPECIAL EDITION OF “BOXEO BORICUA” ON WAPA 2 DEPORTES AND WAPA AMERICA LIVE FROM MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, SATURDAY, JUNE 7, AT 7:30 P.M. EDT

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Photo Credit: Miguel Cotto Promotions

CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO (May 22, 2014) – As part of the historic showdown between MIGUEL COTTO and SERGIO “Maravilla” MARTÍNEZ. on Saturday, June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York, Miguel Cotto Promotions and Top Rank Inc., announced today that three top undercard fights will be televised live exclusively in WAPA 2 Deportes in Puerto Rico and Wapa America in the United States.

This historic telecast will emanate live from The Garden and will feature undefeated Puerto Rican prospects Félix “Diamante” Verdejo, Ricky “Wonder Boy” Lopez and the professional debut of Puerto Rican Olympian Jantony Ortiz.

Verdejo (12-0, 9 KOs) of San Juan will take on Engelberto Venezuela (9-1, 3 KOs) of Mexico in a six-round lightweight bout, Lopez (12-0, 10 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico the WBC Fecarbox Super Bantamweight champion will take on Raul Higaldo (21-10, 17 KOs) in an eight-round title bout and Ortiz will make his debut against Elio Ruiz in a four-round flyweight bout.

“We are very happy to present these bouts, which will feature some of the top prospects from Puerto Rico, on Boxeo Boricua on WAPA 2 Deportes in Puerto Rico and WAPA America in the United States. This historic telecast will be enjoyed by all Puerto Rican fans,” said three-division world champion Miguel Cotto.

“Top Rank is delighted that together with Cotto Promotions we can arrange for WAPA to televise the fights leading up to the Pay-Per-View telecast at 9 p.m. on June 7. The Puerto Rico audience for the first time will be able to see on WAPA the young stars of Puerto Rico,” said Bob Arum founder and CEO of Top Rank Inc.

“We are excited to be able to provide this historic telecast to all the great fans of Puerto Rican Boxing through WAPA 2 and WAPA America so they are able to follow the future stars of Puerto Rican boxing from a great venue like Madison Square Garden,” said Héctor Soto, Vice President of Miguel Cotto Promotions.

The three bouts will also feature the great Puerto Rican and Mexican Rivalry, adding even more heat to the telecast. The three Puerto Rican prospects will have their hands full as they battle strong opposition.

“I am very excited that everyone in Puerto Rico will be able to see these fights from New York live on the same night that our great champion Miguel Cotto will be looking to make history, and one day before my childhood idol Felix “Tito” Trinidad is be enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. I know we will have great support in the stands and I feel blessed that I will have the opportunity to show my talent in the most famous arena in the world, Madison Square Garden,” said Verdejo.

“It’s a great honor to be part of this tremendous show from Madison Square Garden and I am very proud that my fight will be seen live in Puerto Rico on this historic telecast,” said Lopez.

“This is a great opportunity for me and I feel very grateful to be making my professional debut in such historic arena on a historic night of boxing. The fact that my first professional fight will be seen in Puerto Rico will also make June 7 a very special night,” said Ortiz, who represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

This special edition of “Boxeo Boriuca” will be televised live on WAPA 2 Deportes and Wapa America, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) from New York, with Rafael Bracero, Kefren Velazquez and world title challenger Orlando “Fenomeno” Cruz calling the action from ringside.

For more information please visit http://www.wapa.tv, http://www.promocionesmiguelcotto.com, and http://www.toprank.com.

Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico, who has sold more tickets to The Garden than any other fighter in this millennium, will attempt to become Puerto Rico’s first four-division world champion while Martínez (51-2-2, 28 KOs), of Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, who has never lost a world championship fight, defends the title he first won in 2010. Both gladiators boast a combined record of 89-6-2 (59 KOs) – a winning percentage of 92% and a victory by knockout ratio of 66%.

Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank®, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, PS4, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Cotto – Martínez World Middleweight Championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

“2 Days: Sergio Martínez” premieres This Saturday! May 24 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

HBO’s Emmy-Award-winning series “24/7 Cotto/Martinez” premieres Saturday, May 31 at 11:15 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

Face Off: Cotto/Martinez HBO Replay Schedule (All times ET/PT): May 23 (5:30 p.m.), 24 (10:45 a.m.), 27 (11:45 p.m.) 29 (4:45 p.m.), 30 (9:45 p.m.) and June 3 (12:45 p.m. & 3:45 a.m.), 5 (1:00 a.m.), 6 (8:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.) and 7 (10:30 a.m.)

Remaining tickets to the Cotto vs. Martínez world middleweight championship event, priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at http://www.ticketmaster.com and http://www.thegarden.com.

For fight updates go to http://www.toprank.com, http://www.hbo.com/boxing, http://www.dbe1.com, http://www.sampsonboxing.com, http://www.promocionesmiguelcotto.com and http://www.maravillabox.com, Facebook at facebook.com/trboxing, facebook.com/trboxeo, facebook.com/DiBellaentertainment, facebook.com/TopRankMiguelCotto, facebook.com/maravillabox, and facebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxing, twitter.com/trboxeo, twitter.com/dibellaent, twitter.com/SampsonBoxing, twitter.com/hboboxing, twitter.com/realmiguelcotto or twitter.com/maravillabox. Use the Hashtag #CottoMartinez to join the conversation on Twitter.

MONROE JR. READY FOR BOXCINO TITLE.

By: Damon “Latinbox” Gonzalez

Tampa,Florida – Middleweight Willie “The Mongoose” Monroe, Jr. has emerged as one of the most exciting fighters on the scene today. His relentless march towards the 2014 Boxcino Middleweight Tournament Final is finally here as he prepares to step into the ring to face tough Brandon Adams on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

We caught up with Monroe, Jr. at the final day of his training camp to discuss the fight.