Miguel Cotto will return on December 1, and Canelo Alvarez and Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam are early rumored opponents. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Congratulations to Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam, as he's about to become as famous as he's ever been thanks to this rumor, where he's attached to Miguel Cotto as a possible opponent for Cotto's planned December 1 bout at Madison Square Garden.
The far more interesting and attractive bout would be against another rumored opponent, Canelo Alvarez, and that idea has been batted around a bit. But Canelo has a fight on September 17 against Josesito Lopez, and it's worth wondering if he'd travel to what is Cotto's turf in New York City, and if he would want to pay NY taxes on his earnings. So for now, let's consider that a fantasy.
Cotto (37-3, 30 KO) is coming off of a May 5 loss to Floyd Mayweather, which didn't hurt him at all as a marketable fighter, and may have actually done more good than harm overall, as it was Cotto's biggest fight to date.
N'Dam N'Jikam (27-0, 17 KO) holds the interim WBO middleweight title, but that could surely be creatively turned into a full title. Cotto has mentioned a desire to move up yet another weight and fight for a belt at 160, which if successful would make him a four-division titlist. The French fighter, born in Cameroon, is a solid contender at 160 and wouldn't be a bad opponent, really, particularly in a step up in weight.
Cotto will reportedly be working with Golden Boy Promotions again for the card, as Richard Schaefer says they've put the building on hold at the Puerto Rican superstar's request. That could make Canelo (40-0-1, 29 KO) a possible opponent, which would be a big-time fight that a lot of people would want to see, if Canelo gets past Lopez as expected.