Thursday, 10 August 2017 15:05

Cotto vs Lemieux date? December 2 on tap?

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Earlier this week, FightSaga suggested Miguel Cotto would retire following his August 26th bout with Yoshihiro Kamegai if a fight with Amir Khan or David Lemieux wasn't on the horizon.

Update: Per RingTV, Miguel Cotto vs David Lemieux is a done deal for December 2 in New York if the former is victorious against Kamegai.

Now we know why Golden Boy Promotions, Lemieux's promoter, signed Miguel Cotto earlier this year.

If the years of wars and wear and tear haven't compromised Cotto too much, Cotto vs Lemieux will be a gem of a fight should it happen.

One of the most respected knockout artists in boxing, the 27-year-old Lemieux is a former middleweight title-holder who always brings intrigue and excitement into the ring but has technical shortcomings Cotto could expose. Nevertheless, his power and durability make him a legitimate threat to anyone from 154 to 168 pounds.

Rest-assured, Cotto's chin will be tested should they fight.

Can the supposed battle-weary Cotto fend off a young, explosive knockout artist like David Lemieux?

People keep counting out Cotto and all he does is rise to the occasion. Remember his gutsy performance against Floyd Mayweather in 2012? And let's not forget, in Cotto's most recent fight against Alvarez in November of 2015, some observers believed he deserved to receive the nod from the three judges at ringside who unanimously scored the contest 118-110, 117-111, and 119-109 in Canelo's favor.

Win or lose against Lemieux, Miguel is still a first ballot hall of famer and this fight's outcome wouldn't change that. For Lemieux, however, a win over the great Cotto would boost his stock and ultimately make him one of the biggest powerbrokers in boxing, from super welterweight to super middleweight.

Lemieux vs Stevens highlights, March 2017

Lee Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.