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.
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.
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.
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.
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)