Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez set for November 21
WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) will defend his title against Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) on November 21 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
The 34-year-old Cotto, who will be making his second defence of the belt, and Canelo, 25, will fight at a catch-weight of 155 pounds.
Cotto become the first Puerto Rican to win world titles in four different weight classes when he stopped Sergio Martinez in the 10th round in June 2014.
Cotto said: “I will give the fans the fight they want to see. As I have always said, during my whole career, I am here to fight the best names and the best fighters. This will be another chapter in my career and I will be ready for him. Fans will enjoy a real fight, another classic battle in the Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry.”
Canelo said: “Historically, mega-fights are made because fans demand them,” said Alvarez. “In this case, the fans have spoken out, longing for this fight and it is my pleasure to say that it is finally happening. All fights at this level are very important, but this fight in particular has something more. It will hold a special place in history as part of the big rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico, and I promise all the fans that this is going to be an event that will not disappoint.”
Canelo has won his last three fights since his sole defeat, a decision loss to Floyd Mayweather in September 2013. Including a devastating knockout of James Kirkland in the third round of a slugfest in May.
Cotto destroyed former two-time world champion Daniel Geale on the way to scoring a 4th round stoppage in June in his last outing.