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FOUR-DIVISION CHAMPION MIGUEL COTTO TO MAKE
FIRST VISIT TO CANASTOTA FOR 2018 HALL OF FAME WEEKEND
Cotto joins long list of celebrities including Tyson, Pavlik, Tarver & many more in
“Boxing’s Hometown” to celebrate Class of 2018 during Induction Weekend June 7-10th
CANASTOTA, NY - FEBRUARY 24, 2018 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today recently retired four-division world champion from Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto will make his first visit to Canastota to participate in 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend festivities set for June 7-10th. “Miguel Cotto was one of the sport’s most popular fighters and was involved in so many high profile bouts of the modern era,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “The Hall of Fame is so excited about seeing Cotto in Canastota for the first time. Following his recent retirement from the sport in 2017, I know fans will be thrilled to see him in ‘Boxing’s Hometown’ to reflect on a stellar career.” Fighting out of Caguas, Puerto Rico, Cotto turned pro in 2001 and captured world titles in four weight divisions - light welterweight (WBO), welterweight (WBA, WBO), light middleweight (WBA, WBO) and middleweight (WBC). He holds wins over such standouts as Randall Bailey, DeMarcus Corley, Paulie Malignaggi, Zab Judah, Shane Mosley, Ricardo Mayorga and Sergio Martinez among others. In December 2017 Cotto announced his retirement from the sport with a record of 41-6 (33 KOs). “I’m very excited to be at the International Boxing Hall of Fame and be part of a great weekend for boxing legends,” said Cotto. Cotto has a special connection to one of the Hall’s most unique exhibits. In 2007 Madison Square Garden (MSG) retired the boxing ring it used for every fight since 1925, including the 1971 Ali-Frazier “Fight of the Century” and donated it to the Hall for permanent display. Cotto is the last world champion to defend his title in the ring when he scored an 11th round TKO over Zab Judah on June 9, 2007 to successfully defend his WBA welterweight belt. “Cotto and MSG are forever linked together in boxing history and we cannot wait to have him step back into the ring when he is in Canastota,” said Brophy.
Many events in “Boxing’s Hometown” of Canastota throughout the four-day celebration are planned, including a 5K Race / Fun Run, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, VIP Cocktail Reception, Parade of Champions and the Official Induction Ceremony on the Hall of Fame Museum Grounds. The Hall of Fame Weekend evening events include Friday night’s Fight Night at Turning Stone and Saturday’s Banquet of Champions. Both events will take place at Turning Stone Resort Casino. An impressive list of over 35 boxing greats from the United States and abroad are scheduled to participate in weekend festivities including Mike Tyson, Kelly Pavlik, Antonio Tarver and many more. For more information on the events planned for the 2018 International Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend, please call the Hall of Fame at (315) 697-7095, like the Hall on Facebook and follow on Twitter.
TURNING STONE RESORT CASINO
OFFICIAL RESORT CASINO OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME WEEKEND
In October, Turning Stone Resort Casino and the International Boxing Hall of Fame announced a major five-year partnership. The multifaceted program will spotlight the entire region, garnering national attention and will boost Central New York tourism. The program includes a series of exhilarating nationally-televised boxing events at Turning Stone and will culminate every year in June with an elaborate and bigger-than-ever International Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend celebration with several events, promotions, restaurant specials and more. Turning Stone has become internationally-known for legendary fight-of-the-year level boxing matches, rivaling arenas in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami. In fact, one of the very first fights held at the resort was boxing legend Hector “Macho” Camacho defeating Tommy Small in a sixth round knockout. Over the years, several Boxing Hall-of-Famers and boxing legends have fought or promoted fights at Turning Stone, including Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto and Oscar de la Hoya.