Miguel Cotto teams with Golden Boy to make his return on August 26th

Miguel Cotto teams with Golden Boy to make his return on August 26th

Published: May 24, 2017


Miguel Cotto last stepped in the ring against Canelo Alvarez in November 2015. Photo: John Locher/AP

Miguel Cotto last stepped in the ring against Canelo Alvarez in November 2015. Photo: John Locher/AP

LOS ANGELES – The wait is over for fans of Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) as it was announced today that Puerto Rico’s first four-division world champion would be making his return to the ring on August 26th against Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs). The news of his official return is just one part of the story as Cotto has reunited with Golden Boy Promotions for the first time since facing Austin Trout (30-3, 17 KOs) in December 2012. 

The bout will also be for the vacant WBO 154-pound championship and take place at the acclaimed StubHub Center in Carson, California. This will be Cotto’s second time fighting in California. His first time since 2001 in his sixth professional bout.  More importantly, the fight will not be on PPV (pay-per-view) and be televised on HBO as part of its World Championship Boxing series. 

This comes as somewhat of a surprise as just last week Cotto had parted ways with former promoter Roc Nation Sports. This left many to speculate if Cotto would ever return to the ring. However, unlike his relationship with Top Rank where the two left on bad terms, Cotto and Golden Boy separated amicably and left the door open to working together in the future. 

“I’m very excited to be back and showcase a high-level fight for the fans. Kamegai is a great, tough fighter, but I will be ready for him and to capture the world title. I can’t wait to start training for this fight and get back in the ring on August 26.”
— Miguel Cotto

The proves to be a great move for Cotto and his management as Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach is currently in the Philippines training Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 28 KOs) for his upcoming bout with Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) in July. If Cotto were to have fought in June as originally planned, it might have caused some problems for Roach to switch back and forth between two camps. 

Yoshihiro Kamegai lands an uppercut on Robert Guerrero. Photo: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Yoshihiro Kamegai lands an uppercut on Robert Guerrero. Photo: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

The Puerto Rican’s opponent Kamegai is best known for his fights with Robert Guerrero (33-5-1, 18 KOs) and Jesus Soto Karass (28-11-4, 18 KOs). Those fights were contenders for fight of the year honors and by the time August 26th comes around Cotto will have been out of the ring for almost two years. The Stub Hub Center is a building known for having great action-packed fights take place, and Cotto-Kamegai has the potential to live up to that tradition. On the undercard, it is rumored to feature Antonio Orozco (26-0, 17 KOs) possibly taking on Amir Imam (20-1, 17 KOs). 

“Miguel Cotto is a legend who is still fighting for title belts more than a dozen years after first being crowned a world champion. It’s remarkable. But I’ve seen Kamegai in action many times, and the guy doesn’t ever take a step back. Miguel will have his hands full on August 26.”
— Oscar De La Hoya

(Feature Photo: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

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