Boxing royalty returns to the ring on August 26th as Miguel Cotto faces all-action puncher Yoshihiro Kamegai for the vacant WBO World Super-Welterweight Title in California.
The return of ‘Junito’ is highly anticipated but may not have happened had hall-of-fame trainer Freddie Roach not taken the reigns and revitalised the Puerto Rican’s career after his bout with American Austin Trout.
Roach, speaking to Primera Hora, was satisfied with the work his protege had done up to that point in camp. “I think Miguel looked sharp, the combinations were fantastic and he looks good for this fight against Kamegai. I expect a great performance from Miguel.
“The rest helped him. We were working hard for Kirkland and the free time was good. He was able to stay in condition. I am pleased with what I have seen."
His Japanese opponent Kamegai, despite being the bigger man and potentially the harder puncher, is underdog for this fight but Roach has warned his man not to underestimate him.
“Kamagai is a little crazy in the ring. He can be effective in counters when he wants, has a solid jaw, he's durable. I think that while his jaw is solid, the body is a bit soft and that's where we will succeed, if Miguel does it effectively, there will be no way for Kamegai to escape!”
Watch Miguel Cotto take on Yoshihiro Kamegai on August 26th in a potential war, live on BoxNation.