Miguel Cotto has been out of action for the entire year of 2016 and was planning to make his come back against James Kirkland in what would have been Cotto’s first fight back since losing the WBC middleweight title to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on November 21, 2015.
In a statement promoter Roc Nation said,
"Roc Nation Sports received notification from James Kirkland’s team that Kirkland has suffered an injury which will force him to withdraw from his match against five-time world champion Miguel Cotto on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The reported injury is a fractured nose. Unfortunately, the entire HBO Pay-Per-View show at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas is cancelled."
"For customers who purchased through Ticketmaster via phone, online or mobile channels, you will receive a credit to the method of payment used. If you purchased in person at Ford Center or AT&T Stadium ticket office, bring the tickets and method of payment used at time of purchase to the AT&T Stadium North Ticket Office, located adjacent to Entry A, to receive your refund. If you purchased tickets from any other source, you will need to contact that point of purchase for your refund."
Michael Miller, Kirkland's manager,
"Kirkland suffered a hairline fracture during a sparring session last Friday and finally went to the doctor on Tuesday for X-rays. The doctor told Kirkland he should avoid contact for the next six to eight weeks."
"When it happened he was hoping it wasn't broken, but it bled like crazy," Miller said. "He thought it was just a bloody nose, but when he sparred again on Tuesday and he knew he was hurt and trainer Ann Wolfe said he should go to the doctor and sure enough it was broken."