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Kirkland Says He Wasn’t Prepared for Canelo, Promises “War” With Cotto

"I didn’t give it my all when I fought Canelo Alvarez. I didn’t prepare the way I needed to..."


Photo Credit: Miguel Cotto Promotions/Hector Santos Guia

Yesterday, Miguel Cotto and James Kirkland held their kickoff press conference to officially announce their February 25 pay-per-view matchup.

The fight is a comeback of sorts for both fighters. Kirkland last fought in May 2015, suffering three knockdowns in a blowout third round KO loss to Canelo Alvarez. Cotto’s last bout was also against Canelo in losing a 12-round unanimous decision.

Kirkland’s career has been mired by inactivity. February’s bout will represent only his third contest since 2013. He cites subpar preparation as the reason for the Canelo loss and believes reuniting with trainer Ann Wolfe, who guided Kirkland to his biggest career wins over Alfredo Angulo and Glen Tapia, will be the difference.

“I didn’t give it my all when I fought Canelo Alvarez,” said Kirkland. “I didn’t prepare the way I needed to but I’m not going to bring any excuses to the table. This fight is to show my team, my fans and everyone who has followed and supported me, that James Kirkland is still in the race. Kirkland is still here to make a stand. Keep my name alive, please attend and watch it come February 25. It’s going to be a war.”

Cotto vs. Kirkland takes place live on HBO from the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas. Tickets go on sale December 22.

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