FRISCO, Texas – Game-changing developments continue to happen at the Cowboys' world headquarters at The Star – or at Ford Center, specifically, in this case.
Monday morning, following a rousing win against Tampa Bay, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones announced a first-of-its-kind event at the team's state-of-the-art indoor facility. Typically home to Cowboys practices and Frisco ISD high school football, Ford Center will host a boxing bout between five-time world champion Miguel Cotto and James Kirkland.
Coming off respective losses to Canelo Alvarez, both fighters will be seeking redemption in a 12-round junior middleweight showdown. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning on Feb. 25, 2017, at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
"We are excited to host an incredible matchup for the very first boxing match here at Ford Center at The Star," Jones said. "This venue was designed with the idea of versatility in mind, and we expect a great crowd in Frisco, Texas, to experience a world class fight between Miguel Cotto and James Kirkland."
Jones joined both fighters, as well as representatives from Roc Nation Sports at Ford Center, where they announced the specifics of the anticipated matchup. The fight will mark the first of what the Cowboys hope are many more events to be hosted at their indoor facility, which can seat as many as 12,000 for football games – and potentially more for other events.
"I'm excited to return to the ring and put on a great show. I can't wait to start training camp and get ready for Feb. 25," Cotto said. "Fighting inside the beautiful Ford Center, Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboy's newest creation, and headlining the first ever boxing event there pumps me with a lot of enthusiasm and energy."
Tickets priced at $304, $204, $154, $104, $79, $54 and $29 not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. local time and will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 and the AT&T Stadium box office.
"I'm very excited to get back into the ring against a legend like Miguel Cotto. I'm going to train like never before so I can show the world that the old James Kirkland is back," Kirkland said. "You know the fight will be exciting while it lasts. Feb. 25 can't come soon enough."