Boxing

Miguel Cotto: ‘In my time off, I feel like I’ve become a more mature, more focused, complete fighter’

August 26 is a busy day for the sport of boxing. Of course, you have Mayweather-McGregor, and another fight involving a legend of the sport.

Miguel Cotto makes his return to the ring for the vacant WBO junior-middleweight title against Yoshihiro Kamegai in a 12-round fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California (HBO).

The last time we saw Cotto was almost two years ago when he lost to Canelo Alvarez. During his time away, the 36-year-old Cotto believes he has become a better fighter:

 “In my time off, I feel like I’ve become a more mature, more focused, complete fighter,” said Cotto 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.”

Cotto explained why he chose Kamegai for his comeback fight:

“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,” said Cotto.  

Cotto expects to be completely ready come fight night.  “I will be prepared for Kamegai on August 26 mentally and physically. It will be a great fight,” said Cotto.

Cotto is expected to fight one more time in 2017, and then retire from the sport.

 

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