Ann Wolfe, the trainer for James Kirkland, believes that his February 25th fight against Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto SHOULD be on pay-per-view rather than shouldn’t. The Cotto-Kirkland fight is going to be televised on HBO pay-per-view on 2/25. However, the boxing public feels that the fight is unworthy of being on PPV, because both guys haven’t fought in over a year, and both are coming off of a loss to Saul Canelo Alvarez in 2015.
Kirkland was knocked out by Canelo in 2015, while Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) was beaten by a 12 round decision by him. Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) hasn’t won a fight in three years since 2013, period.
Cotto-Kirkland will be staged at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas. Cotto and his people must have decided that the 32-year-old Kirkland was their best option to find someone that was both beatable and who could pull in fans to come watch them fight. There’s no doubt that Kirkland is beatable.
We’ve seen that already on his knockout losses to Canelo Alvarez and Nobuhiro Ishida. But it’s still not best way for Cotto to be grinding down to the finish of his boxing career. The fans were expecting more from him. The way that Cotto chose Kirkland, it appears like he’s just taking the fight for money rather than to please the fans by giving them a fight worthwhile for them to pay to see.
Kirkland’s trainer Ann Wolfe said this to Fighthype.com in defending the Cotto fight being on HBO PPV:
“A lot of people are saying that this shouldn’t be PPV,” said Kirkland’s trainer Wolfe. “This should be PPV, because you know if I’m with James, he’s going to fight. Regardless of who Cotto is with, he’s going to fight. So I’m here to tell you, it’s going to be a fight. Somebody is going to get knocked out. Come and watch and see who it’s going to be.“
Wolfe can say whatever she wants about the Cotto-Kirkland fight being worthy of it being on HBO PPV, but the boxing fans feel differently. I don’t think it matters that she’s training Kirkland. His problems in the past in knockout losses to Canelo and Ishida were due to him taking head shots that he couldn’t handle. Those weren’t losses that were due to conditioning factors. Ishida knocked Kirkland out in the 1st round.
Canelo stopped Kirkland in the 3rd. I don’t think it would have mattered how good of shape Kirkland was in for those fights. The reality is he couldn’t take the punches. When boxing fans see the results of Kirkland getting knocked out early in different fights, they naturally conclude that he’s not a great fighter.