COTTO VS. KAMEGAI FOR WBO MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE IN AUGUST

By , June 17, 2017 12:13 pm

Miguel Cotto of Puerto has announced that he would be going in against Yishihiro Kamegai of Japan in the coming month of August at California.


In previous times, Cotto has won world titles in four different weight divisions all the way from the light welterweight through to middleweight.

However, since losing the WBC middleweight belt to Saul Alvarez in a lopsided unanimous decision in Las Vegas back in November 2015, Cotto has never been in a fight.

Some of his notable wins in his career includes Zab Judah (TKO11, 2007), Shane Mosley (UD, 2007), Ricardo Mayorga (TKO12, 2012) and Sergio Martinez (RTD10, 2014).

He also had a beautiful rematch victory against Antonio Margarito whom he stopped in the 9th round back in 2011.

Margarito had earlier stopped Cotto three years earlier in the 11th round thus carting home his WBA World Welterweight title. The former was caught in his very next fight attempting to make use of illegal wrappings on his hand in the dressing room before his unsuccessful title defence against Shane Mosley.

This brought about his suspension from the sport for a year for the incidence. Questions and suspicions were thus raised as to whether he had made use of the illegal wraps in some of his earlier fights, especially in his win over Cotto.

Cotto’s opponent, Kamegai is a 34-year old aggressive fighter who is popularly known for action-packed fights. Of his 27 career wins, 24 of them were majorly by KO.

This fight will be his first shot at a world title and while he is under no illusions as to Cotto’s reputation, he believes he can go on to win the fight.

“I fully understand who I am going to be in the ring against, but Cotto’s record and history won’t matter once we are toe-to-toe,” he said.

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