Promoter Dino Duva says that WBO 140-pound titlist Miguel Cotto (rated #5 by Boxingtalk) should look no further than Kendall Holt of Paterson, New Jersey for the opponent on June 18, 2005 at Madison Square Garden. “Kendall Holt is a natural for this fight,” says Duva. “He lives ten minutes from Manhattan, he’s already fought at the Garden in front of 13,000 people on the Klitschko-Johnson undercard and he just had a sensational KO win on ShoBox over [IBF] #2 ranked David Diaz. He's the perfect opponent for Cotto in NY.” Earlier inthe day, Junior Witter (Boxingtalk #7) also called out Cotto, who looked vulnerable in his recent win over Demarcus Corley. Holt, 18-1 (12 KOs), is coming off an eighth-round TKO of Diaz, a 1996 Olympian who had not lost as a pro. He is rated #13 by Boxingtalk. “Corley showed what good hand speed can do against Cotto, now add in Kendall’s incredible power and you’ve got a recipe for one heck of a fight. A superstar Puerto Rican champion on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade taking on an up-and-coming local boy at Madison Square Garden and live on HBO."