Future hall-of-famer Miguel Cotto will step back into the ring on August 26th to challenge for the vacant WBO World Super-Welterweight Title against Japan’s big-punching Yoshihiro Kamegai live on BoxNation.
Puerto Rico’s fistic hero (40-5, 33 KOs) is a seasoned veteran in the ring and has faced a who’s who of the Super-Lightweight, Welterweight and Super-Welterweight divisions, winning World Titles in four weight classes.
The bruising body puncher’s career includes knockout wins over the biggest names in boxing in recent years, including Paul Malignaggi, Zab Judah, Ricardo Mayorga and Sergio Martinez to name but a few.
He avenged his loss to the controversial Antonio Margarito in December 2011 using movement and quicker foot and hand-speed to brutally mark up the Mexican’s eye before forcing the stoppage.
Cotto’s last outing came in November 2015, dropping a decision and losing his Middleweight strap to Mexican star Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Having taken some time away from the sport, the four-weight World Champion is ready to return to action.
Last September, Japan’s Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KO’s) picked up a career-best win against the tough Jesus Soto Karass, going to war for eight rounds before eventually forcing Karass to quit in his corner.
Having had a long journey to this title shot, Kamegai is ready to take it with both hands. In 2014 he dropped a close decision to former Champion and Floyd Mayweather opponent Roberto Guerrero, and has since fought his way back to contention.
Kamegai and Cotto are both known for their all-action styles, with both featuring in Fight of the Year contenders. The intriguing match-up may well be the last chance at World Title glory for both boxers, so this is not to be missed.
Vargas vs Rios
On air @ 1.30am
The WBC World Super-Bantamweight Title
Mexican Super-Bantamweight Rey Vargas (29-0, 22 KOs) defends his World Title against Ronny Rios (28-1, 13 KOs).
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