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Migul Cotto set for return on June 18

Miguel Cotto has his next fight date set.

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Miguel Cotto is due to return to the ring on June 18, likely in New York at either Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden, as the former four-division titleholder looks to get back into the win column following his loss to Canelo Alvarez in November.

Cotto, 35, is 3-3 in his last six fights, with wins over Delvin Rodriguez, a hobbled Sergio Martinez, and Daniel Geale, and losses to Floyd Mayweather, Austin Trout, and Alvarez. There had previously been some thought of Cotto rematching Alvarez on May 7, but that never entered serious talks.

The biggest rumor about Cotto lately has been a fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, and says Marquez is being discussed for this date. But Marquez is 42 years old and hasn't fought in two years, plus he's coming off of knee surgery from early 2015. He's training and plans to return on May 7 himself, with a tune-up fight in Mexico. It's possible he could be talked into fighting Cotto on June 18, but Marquez is known to be fairly cautious, and he's not easily pressured into fights. He has also discussed retirement if his body doesn't respond in training.

Another rumor, reported by Steve Kim, has Ruslan Provodnikov as a possible opponent, in a fight that would take place at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds, which is where Marquez also wants to fight Cotto. Marquez also wants rehydration clauses that may not be doable for Cotto, however. Provodnikov used to be trained by Freddie Roach, who now trains Cotto.

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