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Four-time and three-division world champion Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) participated in a media workout on Monday at Gleason’s Gym in New York in preparation for his clash on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden against undefeated defending champion Austin Trout (25-0, 14 KOs) for the WBA super welterweight world championship.
Miguel Cotto: “I feel great. We had a great camp and I’m ready for 12 rounds. Trout is not the first young, hungry fighter I have faced in my career. We don’t see anything special in this opponent. He is just another opponent. I don’t know what Trout will bring on Saturday night, but I know that I will be ready for him. I trained at a high altitude during this camp and it was great. Everyone will see Miguel Cotto at his best. Fans here in New York have always given me a great reception and I really appreciate it. I will give them what they want to see.”
Pedro Diaz, Cotto’s Trainer: “Miguel wants to win in front of all of the Puerto Rican fans on a great stage at Madison Square Garden. Our goal this week is to make sure Miguel makes weight and that he is physically and mentally prepared for Saturday night.”
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions: “Miguel certainly could’ve fought an easier opponent. When given the choice between an easy opponent and a difficult one, Miguel always chooses the more challenging test. That is why he is Miguel Cotto and that is why the fans love him the way that they do.”
The 10-round co-feature for the vacant WBC silver featherweight championship will pit Jayson Velez (19-0, 14 KOs) against Salvador Sanchez II (30-4-3, 18 KOs). Also hometown favorite Danny “Miracle Man” Jacobs (23-1, 20 KOs) will face Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick (15-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight bout. and Jeffrey Fontanez (8-0, 7 KOs) will face Pedro Arcos (12-2-1, 9 KOs) in a six-round junior lightweight fight.