Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto is set to return to the ring in June, and will do so under its new promoter, Roc Nation Sports.
According to ESPN.com, the 34-year-old middleweight champ has signed a multifight, multiyear deal with Jay Z’s sports company, after leaving Top Rank.
Cotto is the second high-profile boxer to sign with Roc Nation Sports the past seven weeks, following the signing of super middleweight champion Andre Ward in mid-January.
He is set to fight in June, either at New York’s Madison Square Garden or the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. However, an opponent has not yet been determined. Reports say junior middleweight titlist Cornelius “K9” Bundrage is a leading candidate.
“We are really happy to have this partnership with Roc Nation, and we are going to do our best as always to fight at the same level I have always fought at,” Cotto tells ESPN. “We are going to discuss the opponents and the venue, but the best option for us is to be in New York.”
Word is, Roc Nation Sports aggressively pursued Cotto in recent months and made him an offer he said he couldn’t refuse.
“I am just finishing the last part of my career by doing what is in the best interest for me and my family,” Cotto said. “We had the opportunity to work with and have nice relationships with Top Rank and Golden Boy [for two fights] and now we have an agreement with Roc Nation. That was the best option for us. Just like any other businessman, I am just thinking about the benefits, the money and the opportunity in this deal.