Miguel Cotto vs Yoshihiro Kamegai: Why fans should be excitedWritten by Joseph Herron
It was just announced by Golden Boy Promotions that future Hall of Famer and four division world champion Miguel Cotto will make his long awaited return to the ring at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on August 26, opposite perennial tough-man Yoshihiro Kamegai.
The subscriber HBO event should make his long-standing supporters happy, but should the rest of the avid boxing world care about the scheduled event?
On paper, Cotto vs Kamegai is a superb match-up, one which should highlight Cotto's ability to not only box proficiently from mid to long range, but also bang effectively to the body and head while standing in the pocket. Kamegai is never in a bad fight, and Cotto isn't exactly in his prime, so the scheduled twelve round scrap should prove to be a competitive, all-action bout, as well as being a great mainstream ratings draw for HBO.
But is there any real significance with this match-up?
It has little to no significance in the boxing world, in terms of rankings or hierarchy of any division or weight class...not like Brook vs. Spence. The pairing really doesn't mean anything unless you're a die-hard fan of Miguel Cotto, and want to witness one of the last bouts of his historic career.
But the boxing world should get excited to see the long awaited return of one of its brightest stars on the biggest stage of boxing, HBO. Cotto is a first-ballot Hall of Famer and is not far removed from his prime state.
The Puerto Rican superstar has been a tremendous ambassador for the sport, giving the boxing faithful plenty of great memories throughout his 17 year career, fighting a virtual who's who of the 140 and 147 pound divisions.
Although the 36 year old puncher has taken his share of lumps from the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Antonio Margarito, Zab Judah, Floyd Mayweather, and Canelo Alvarez, Junito still competes at a very high level, unlike many of this era's greats who have unwisely decided to stick around the sport long past their respective expiration date.
In Cotto's last PPV showing, opposite Canelo Alvarez in November of 2015, many observers believed he deserved to receive the nod from the three judges at ringside, who consequently scored the contest 118-110, 117-111, and 119-109 in favor of the Mexican favorite.
Whether fight fans agree or disagree with the judges verdict, most won't dispute the fact that Miguel fared far better against Alvarez than Amir Khan, Liam Smith, and most recently Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
So rejoice, boxing fans, and embrace the long awaited return of Miguel Angel Cotto while you still can.