Miguel Cotto May Be On A Collision Course with David Lemiuex
Published: August 11, 2017
2017 will be the final year fans will be able to see Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) inside a boxing ring. Puerto Rico’s first four-division world champion has stated on multiple occasions that 2017 will be the last year of his career. Boxing fans may take a statement like this with a grain of salt knowing the sport’s track record. However, Cotto has shown that he is stubborn enough to stay out of the ring if he does not get things his way.
The Puerto Rican has been out of the boxing ring since November 2015 when he faced Saul “Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) losing a unanimous decision. Since then there have been negotiations for a fight with recently retired Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez. A fight with Marquez never came to be over disagreements on the weight for the fight. This past February Cotto’s former promoter RocNation Sports scheduled a pay-per-view fight for Cotto with Texas native James Kirkland. The fight was met with an enormous amount of backlash and was ultimately canceled due to an injury Kirkland suffered in training camp. Cotto would go on to separate from RocNation and join Golden Boy Promotions earlier this year.
In a few weeks on August 26, Cotto will face Japanese contender Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) at the famed StubHub Center in Carson, CA. The bout will be for the vacant WBO Super Welterweight (154) championship giving Cotto the opportunity to leave the sport as a world champion. Kamegai is not a fighter to be overlooked especially by a fighter like Cotto. The Japanese brawler is the younger and bigger fighter who has a style that can cause havoc for a fighter that hasn’t fought in almost two years.
There has been attention put on what will be next for Cotto should he come out victorious against Kamegai. The relationship with Golden Boy has brought one name in particular up of former middleweight champion David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs). 2017 has been a good year for Lemieux having won a unanimous decision over Marcos Reyes (35-5, 26 KOs) and scoring an emphatic knockout over Curtis Stevens (29-6, 21 KOs) in March. Lemieux has been searching for a big fight since losing to Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) in October 2015. According to sources at RingTV.com there have been talks of a potential match-up for Cotto in New York in December. New York is a second home for Cotto having scored some of his biggest victories in the state.
While Cotto-Lemieux on paper has the potential of being an action-packed fight where there is a high chance of a knockout, Lemieux is the much bigger fighter, and the weight the fight would be fought at may be up for debate. Cotto became the lineal and WBC middleweight (160) champion when he stopped Sergio Marinez in June 2014, but he was never seen as a real middleweight. In fact, Cotto can be considered to be a small super welterweight.
A catch weight for the bout could be possible, but all talks are null and void until we see how Cotto looks against Kamegai. Cotto is a fighter that has represented the sport of boxing as a gentleman providing fans with the fights they wanted while also participating in some of the era’s most exciting bouts. More than anything Cotto deserves to leave the sport on his terms. If Cotto leaves the sport facing Lemieux in New York, that is something that all fans and pundits can agree on as one last parting gift.
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