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An Imposing Japanese Opponent Possible for Miguel Cotto in June

By Unofre Pili
on Apr 12, 2017 11:27 PM EDT
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Miguel Cotto up until this time since the cancellation of his supposed February fight with James Kirkland is still looking for a June fight opponent. The Japanese Yoshiro Kamegai is on the radar.
 Miguel Cotto up until this time since the cancellation of his supposed February fight with James Kirkland is still looking for a June fight opponent. The Japanese Yoshiro Kamegai is on the radar. (Photo: Omar Vega/ Getty Images)

Miguel Cotto, already heading to the boxing hall of fame once he leaves the sport for good, never fails to give fans their money's worth. Win or lose, the Puerto Rican, a workaholic atop the ring always brings quality entertainment to the fans. Thus, even at this late stage in his career Miguel Cotto still rings a bell.

Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) did not fight since dropping a unanimous decision loss to Saul Canelo Alvarez on Nov. 2015. Returning supposed to be last February but a clash with James Kirkland fell through because of a nose injury he suffered in training.

The fans were thus left in anticipation of Cotto's immediate future as to who would he be facing in replacement of Kirkland; the anticipation only to subside a bit when a similarly confusing next fight, post Jessie Vargas, of Manny Pacquiao came into the picture. Just a week ago that the confusion surrounding Pacquiao's fight was resolved; the Filipino will travel to Australia in order to face Jeff Horn on June 2.

With Pacquiao's conundrum resolved, Miguel Cotto would re-enter the conversation and came to fore again just recently. As a matter of fact, the opponent for Miguel Cotto for a June fight is still unnamed. Austin Trout, who had already beaten Cotto in 2012, offered himself for a rematch.  But it seems there is a cold war on-going between prominent individuals from the  opposing camps, making the fight difficult to make.

Another interesting opponent for Cotto that had sprung up even earlier than Trout is Yoshihiro Kamegai, a Japanese 154 pounder. Kamegai (27-3, 23 KOs) has had two memorable fights with known slugger and pressure fighter Jesus Soto Karass.  In April 2016 they settled for a split draw but in the succeeding meeting Kamegai stopped Karass in 8th.  In contrast to Trout, Kamegai, who is ranked 12th by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) at 154, appears to have no extra friction to polish - in order for the fight to happen - with Miguel Cotto and his team. 

 

 

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