Former four division world champion Miguel Cotto , who hasn't fought since November 2015, was expected to face James Kirkland later this month but the latter was forced to pull out due to a fractured nose he sustained in training.
Fans will be happy to know the cost for Miguel Cotto vs James Kirkland on February 25th will be $15 to $20 USD cheaper than the typical boxing the pay-per-view (PPV) event in the U.S.
Updated: Jan 3, 2017
Record: 34-2, 28 KO
Last Fight: KO 3 by Canelo Alvarez, May 9, 2015
Weight (last fight): 154½ lbs
Next Fight: Miguel Cotto, Feb 25, 2017
James Derick Kirkland (born March 19, 1984) is an American professional boxer and was one of boxing's most popular junior middleweights in the late 2000s and early 2010s.
An exciting, bombs-away brawler, Kirkland has a reputation for being a highly aggressive pressure fighter with good punching power.
After a stellar amateur career, James, instead of going to the Olympics, turned pro in 2001 in order to take care of his family.
Trained by former women's champion Ann Wolfe, James was unbeaten in his first 27 bouts, notching 24 knockouts in the process. Following a 2 year layoff due to a prison stint, James recorded a first round knockout of Ahsandi Gibbs but was then surprsingly knocked out by Nobuhiro Ishida of Japan in April 2011.
James Kirkland vs. Alfredo Angulo
On November 5, 2011, in a highly exciting fight, Kirkland rose from a first round knockdown to defeat Angulo via 6th-round TKO.
Kirkland vs. Canelo
Kirkland fought former Super Welterweight Champion Canelo Álvarez on May 9 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas with Kirkland losing by KO in 3rd round in an exciting back-and-forth brawl.
James' fighting style, punching power, ability to absorb punishment and nononense attitude have made him a fan favorite through the years.