Thursday, 01 June 2017 14:32

Miguel Cotto signs with Golden Boy

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On Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles, former four division world champion, Miguel Cotto addressed the media to formerly announce his upcoming bout with Yoshihiro Kamegai, which is set to take place on Saturday, August 26 at the StubHub Center in nearby Carson.

Although he hasn't fought since November of 2015, Cotto (40-5, 33 KO's) remains a fan favorite and his opponent from Tokyo, Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KO's) will certainly present a considerable as well as formidable challenge when the two meet in a bit less than three months' time. The always amiable Miguel had more than one reason to smile on Wednesday. In addition to his long awaited return to the ring, the 36 year old from Caguas, Puerto Rico officially signed a multifight agreement with Golden Boy Promotions. 

"I'm very happy to be back and to be here," he said. "Our training camp starts on the first if July. Kamegai is a tough fighter and he is coming with the victory on his mind. I'm going to do the best I can for this fight and fight with my heart as always. See you all on August 26."

The contest for the vacant WBO super welterweight title will be televised in the United States on HBO and will serve as Cotto's first assignment with Golden Boy since his departure from Roc Nation Sports, the banner associated with hip hop superstar, Jay Z. 

This past February, Miguel was slated to face James Kirkland at the The Star, the brand new, state of the art all-purpose arena adjacent to the practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys in Frisco, Texas. The bout fell through, officially due to a broken nose suffered by Kirkland in training camp. It's unofficially anyone's guess if the injury was as concerning as the fact that tickets for the contest reportedly weren't exactly as popular as say, fidget spinners currently are or that it was also slated as a pay per view telecast. In any case, the contest went into the heap and Cotto decided to move forward. He discussed his elation in regard to his new deal with Oscar De La Hoya's boxing star laden company based out of Los Angeles.  

"I'm very proud to establish a tremendous partnership with Golden Boy Promotions and Oscar," he said. "It couldn't work better than from a boxer to a boxer. We share the same mentality and language of the sport as well as the business. We'll create the perfect opportunities for the sport of boxing and the fans."

De La Hoya seemed pleased as well, as not only would the new contract serve Cotto well, but it will also look to recognize and promote talent out of Cotto's home nation of Puerto Rico.

"Miguel Cotto is not only a legend in the ring, but on the entire island of Puerto Rico, which has one of the richest boxing traditions around the globe," said the Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy.

"Our new partnership will include Miguel's upcoming fights and we'll work with Miguel Cotto Promotions' talented stable of fighters to revitalize boxing in Puerto Rico."