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Cotto out for the year; Chavez/Martirosyan card being discussed; Alvarez to be back in action

Miguel Cotto will be taking the rest of 2010 off. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Miguel Cotto will be taking the rest of 2010 off. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Written and posted by Brickhaus, re-posted due to earlier technical problems.

According to Dan Rafael's Twitter, Miguel Cotto will not be fighting on December 4 this year and instead will be sitting the rest of the year out.  This shouldn't come as a huge surprise, as Cotto recently underwent shoulder surgery.  In addition, Top Rank was reportedly having trouble finding him an opponent, as Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was balking at facing Cotto while needing to spend part of his training camp in the Philippines due to Freddie Roach training Senator Pacquiao.   

Instead, Top Rank will be putting on an independently produced Pay Per View on that date.  Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Vanes Martirosyan will be featured as co-headliners on the card, which will take place in Anaheim.  While no opponents have officially been named, Pawel Wolak has been mentioned several times as a potential opponent for Chavez.  It is unknown whether that fight would be at 154 or 160, as Chavez has had trouble making the junior middleweight limit lately and now holds one of those silly "silver" titles at middleweight.  In addition, Chavez is officially the mandatory to face Sergio Martinez, although you're likely to see an armada of flying pigs before that one happens.

It looks like Top Rank may have competition on that date as well.  Also according to Rafael, Golden Boy has resigned Saul "Canelo" Alvarez after his impressive knockout of Carlos Baldomir this past weekend.  The deal will last for the shorter of three years or ten fights, and calls for Alvarez's next fight to take place on December 4, likely in Cancun, Mexico.  According to Boxing Scene, Golden Boy is once again looking at Matthew Hatton as an opponent.  While no television is set up yet, that fight would make a perfect Boxing After Dark.

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