WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO), who’s the first Puerto Rican boxer to be a world champion in four different weight categories, defends his title on June 6th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn against Daniel Geale. The challenger held a public training for the press at the Mendez Boxing Gym and he says he is ready for the challenge: ‘Cotto has problems with rivals that move and use their reach. Cotto knows what I am going to do and he will try to counter it with aggression. I am going to use my skills and I am not going to fall in his fight plan trap. The plan is doing my fight, not leaving to him achieve his. The plan is doing what I know best. This is a huge fight for me, against Miguel, who’s fought the best in the world. It won’t be easy. I am going to do what I know best. It’s something I’ve wanted for a long time and I am extremely excited. I have my people with me; Gary Shaw and my team from Australia who work hard with me. I am not worried about my job.’
The Australian’s promoter, Gary Shaw says: ‘Daniel will fight anyone, anywhere. We went to Germany to fight against (Felix) Sturm in his own territory. Now we are coming to New York, which is Cotto´s territory. That doesn’t make any difference when you are a great fighter. I am sure it will be a great show and that fans will get what they want. Broadcast by HBO, it’ll be a great fight on June 6th. It will be a great boxing night.’ Cotto’s record stands at 39-4 with 32 KO victories. The Australian stands at 31-3 but is hardly a knockout artist in the Puerto Rican’s league with 16 stoppage wins.