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Bob Arum is ‘optimistic’ that Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez will fight

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The WBC reported Thursday that promoter Bob Arum is still trying to cement a springtime bout between Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez in New York City.

“I feel optimistic that this fight will take place,” said Arum, 81. “The negotiations are still taking place, but there’s a big chance that this fight is possible.”

The 38-year-old Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs) has been shelved since physically deteriorating in April against formidable Englishman Martin Murray.

Martinez, who controversially outscored the 31-year-old Murray (25-1-1, 11 KOs) by three counts of 115-112, suffered another right knee injury, broken left hand, and bad cut over his left eye during the scrap.

Comparatively, in an utterly masterful showing, the 33-year-old Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs) earned a third round TKO victory over Delvin Rodríguez on October 5 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

A four-time world titlist in three weight divisions, Cotto’s training with Freddie Roach and the duo focused on throwing more left hooks to the body versus the 33-year-old Rodríguez (28-7-3, 16 KOs).

Accordingly, the Puerto Rican icon landed 29 of his 55 blows to Rodriguez’s torso and dominated.

Still, despite manhandling Rodriguez, Cotto’s a bit shopworn and Martinez is graying and no longer the dominant force that won the 2010 “Fighter of the Year” award.

Regardless, Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez are both future Hall of Famers and the two would give deserving boxing fans “a big chance” for a memorable evening this June.

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