Former three division world champion Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) will be moving his training camp from Hollywood, California to Las Vegas, Nevada to begin training over there this week to get ready for his June 7th fight against WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) at Madison Square Garden in New York. Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach is tied up with Manny Pacquiao for his big rematch against WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cotto wants to be close to where Roach is during that time. He will then likely swing back to the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California to take over the major portion of the training camp.
Cotto, 33, is taking a big gamble in moving up in weight from the junior middleweight division to move up to middleweight to challenge long-time WBC 160lb champion Sergio Martinez for his belt. Cotto is attempting to capture a 4th division world title, and he wants to face who many boxing fans consider to be the best fighter in the middleweight division in 39-year-old Sergio.
Cotto is picking the right time to take the fight, because Martinez has started to show signs of age in his last two fights against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Martin Murray. In both fights, Martinez suffered injuries to his hands and right knee. Martinez has had to take long breaks in between fights to heal from the injuries he’s suffered in his last two fights.
In his last fight, Cotto defeated Delvin Rodriguez by a 3rd round TKO last October to end a two-fight losing streak that he had. Cotto’s new trainer Roach had him throwing a lot of hooks to the body, and seemed to work really well against Rodriguez. Now the big question is will Cotto’s body attack work against a much better fighter in Sergio Martinez?
It’s definitely going to be a lot tougher task for Cotto, as Sergio doesn’t stand in one place the way that Delvin Rodriguez did. Martinez likes to move constantly, and use his speed to get the better of his opponents.
A loss for Cotto in this fight could signal the end of his career, as it’ll be tough for him to come back from this due to his age and the many ring wars he’s had since he turned pro in 2001.