No Regrets: Miguel Cotto set to secure his legacy

No Regrets: Miguel Cotto set to secure his legacy

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña | Contributing Writer

Published: August 20, 2017


CARSON, CALIFORNIA - This Saturday night at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California, one of boxing’s all-time greats, Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs), will look to secure his legacy and another world title as he goes up against Yoshihiro "El Maestrito" Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) in a 12-round match for the vacant WBO junior middleweight world championship. 

Cotto, who is the only four-division Puerto Rican world champion, will attempt to secure a sixth world championship in four weight classes with a victory over Kamegai. Cotto began his illustrious career in 2001 and has gone toe-to-toe with some of the biggest names in sport -- including battles with Canelo Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Kamegai also is no stranger to big fights, as he was involved in back to back wars with Jesus Soto Karass in what many considered the 2016 fight of the year.

Cotto last entered the ring in November of 2015 and recently spoke about his longer than usual lay off. 

“In my time off, I feel like I’ve become a more mature, more focused, complete fighter. Our partnership with Golden Boy Promotions is part of that — Oscar De La Hoya and his company have always been there to support me and my team, and I am glad I get to share the last leg of my career with them in the best way possible. We have already seen the positives of working with them, and we are excited for the partnership we have developed that goes beyond this fight. I have proved my whole career that I have been ready for anyone. I am a good boxer and I have no doubt that I can match anyone.”
— Miguel Cotto
Miguel Cotto during his media workout for his fight with Yoshihiro Kamegai on August 26, 2017. Photo: Luis Mejia / Frontproof Media

Miguel Cotto during his media workout for his fight with Yoshihiro Kamegai on August 26, 2017. Photo: Luis Mejia / Frontproof Media

“As I look at my career, I have no regrets, everything has worked out and I am proud of the legacy I have built. Kamegai is the best opponent for me right now in my career — he is a warrior in the ring. When we were looking through our options, he was one of the first names that popped up. I don’t really worry about what or how my opponent trains, all that matters is how well our team prepares. Freddie Roach has always been good to me, has been critical to my preparation over the years, and our team has always enjoyed working together like a family. I will be prepared for Kamegai on August 26 mentally and physically. It will be a great fight.”
— Miguel Cotto

At a recent press conference, Kamegai, who will be looking to win his first world title, spoke about how excited he was to face a fighter like Cotto. 

“When I first heard that this fight had been made and that I would face Cotto, I thought to myself, ‘YES!” For me to fight someone I’ve been a fan of since I was 20 years old is an honor. I look forward to fighting him, and I’m out here to win this 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. I am looking forward to giving fans the kind of aggressive fight that they have seen from me before and having my arm raised in victory.”
— Yoshihiro Kamegai

In the co-main event and the fight that may just steal the show, WBC super bantamweight champion Rey Vargas (29-0, 22 KOs) from Mexico City, will go to battle with local fan favorite Ronny Rios (28-1, 13 KOs) of Santa Ana, California. Vargas, who will be making his first title defense since capturing the belt with his majority decision victory in England over Gavin McDonnell, hopes a victory over Rios can silence his critics.

“I’ve fought well in California, I’m mentally prepared for this big stage and to come away victorious. Beating Rios will not be easy, he’s a tough fighter who’s been with Golden Boy a long time, and I’m coming into his house, but I’m confident a win will secure my status as a true champion.”
— Rey Vargas

Rios, whose only loss came in 2014 to Mexican veteran Robinson Castellanos, has pulled of five straight victories since that night at Fantasy Springs Casino and now will be in the biggest fight of his career against Vargas.

“I’ve been training hard. I expect Rey Vargas to be coming forward the first couple rounds, and I expect a full attempt to fight. I know they’re going to prepare for my jab and body work. The biggest challenge is the last week of the fight. You just want to be in there, when you’re in the ring, everything slows down, and everything feels like it’s moving in slow motion. You want to fight the best and get to a certain level. It was a big surprise learning we were going for a title. I gotta go out there and make a statement. I don’t want to just go out there and fight; I want to make a statement.”
— Ronny Rios

Tickets for Cotto vs. Kamegai are on sale and priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), and at StubHub Center Box Office (Mondaythrough Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available by calling 877-604-8777.  For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, call 877-234-8425.


(Feature photo: Cynthia Saldaña)

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