Miguel Cotto looks to end a two-fight losing streak tonight with his return bout on HBO, as the Puerto Rican star will face veteran Delvin Rodriguez in the 12-round junior middleweight main event from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
The HBO card starts at 9:45 pm EDT.
Cotto, 32, will be fighting for the first time with new trainer Freddie Roach. Since Cotto left his uncle Evangelista Cotto in 2009, he's been trained by Joe Santiago, Emanuel Steward, Pedro Diaz, and now Roach. He's also back under the Top Rank banner tonight for the first time since his contract expired with his win over Antonio Margarito in December 2011. Still technically a free agent, Cotto (37-4, 30 KO) sounds like he's looking to end his career with a three-fight run with Top Rank, who have promoted all but his last two bouts over his pro career.
Rodriguez, 33, is getting a big opportunity to shake things up at 154 pounds, and find himself another payday or title shot. He's been a tough opponent in the past for plenty of guys, and has won two straight since a loss to Austin Trout last year, which Trout then followed by beating Cotto.
Crawford is being positioned as a possible star of the HBO brand for the near future, and he'll need a win tonight over the game and tough Klimov to keep moving in that direction. Crawford is 2-0 on HBO this year.
BLH will have live coverage starting at 6:30 pm EDT, with the stream of the off-TV undercard bouts starting at that time on Top Rank TV. Here's a quick rundown of what we'll see in those fights:
Featherweights, 10 Rounds
Jayson Velez (20-0, 15 KO) vs Dat Nguyen (17-2, 6 KO)
Middleweights, 8 Rounds
Jorge Melendez (26-3-1, 25 KO) vs Jamaal Davis (14-10-1, 6 KO)
Super Featherweights, 6 Rounds
Felix Verdejo (7-0, 5 KO) vs Gary Eyer (11-3-1, 7 KO)
Middleweights, 4 Rounds
Moises Carasquillo Jr (3-0, 3 KO) vs Steven Chadwick (2-4, 1 KO)
Super Bantamweights, 4 Rounds
Ricky Tomlinson (1-0, 1 KO) vs Lamar Charlton (1-4-1, 1 KO)