Miguel Cotto vs Yoshihiro Kamegai

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Miguel Cotto vs Yoshihiro Kamegai
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Date: 
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Location: 
StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
154
Titles at Stake: 
WBO Light Middleweight World Title
Referee: 
Lou Moret

Official Judging
Robin Taylor 120 - 108
Pat Russell 119 - 109
Zachary Young 118 - 110

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Coming off a 21 month layoff, Miguel Cotto, age 36, returns to the ring to fight for a world title, a vacant WBO title, at light middleweight, against a tough, hard headed Japanese warrior, Yoshihiro Kamegai, at the StubHub Centre in California.

Kamegai starts aggressively, trying to push Cotto back, apply all the pressure he can, landing with impactful punches. Cotto has no trouble finding the target with the cleaner, sharper punches from the first bell, but physically, it is clearly not going to be an easy fight for Cotto, with Kamegai, intent on being relentless.

After pushing an opening round which could have been his, Kamegai, tough, brave, spirited, but wins nothing through the next 10 rounds, as Cotto brutally beats him with deadly punches, and it is clear Kamegai needs a knockout when the last round comes, and he may be 11-0 behind. Kamegai tries his best in the last round, is active, aggressive, he is given the round by some, but may have not even that to show for his efforts, as he is still hit with the cleaner punches, out boxed at times by the smarter, more experienced, technical fighter, and the fighter who has more power as well.

There is no question about who has won the fight, and there are no surprises as the judges turn in their scores, which are Cotto by 8 points, Cotto by 10, and Cotto winning everything.

Miguel Cotto wins a world title again, and gets back to winning ways, in what, according you him, would be his second to last fight in what had been a fantastic career.




Averaged Fan Card:

round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Miguel Cotto
                                                                    
9.50
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9.83
Yoshihiro Kamegai
                                                                    
9.50
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9.16


Fan Cards: Miguel Cotto vs Yoshihiro Kamegai


scorecard by ANTONIOMARTIN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120
YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
108


scorecard by BOXNATIONSCORES12
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
119
YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
109


scorecard by KUBALA1122331
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120
YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
108


scorecard by LEFT EYE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120
YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
108


scorecard by TALESFROMTHECRYPT
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120
YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
108


scorecard by ARJ GUY
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120
YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
108


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
119
YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
109


scorecard by CAPMAN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
119
YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
109


scorecard by ALBERTOCASTANY
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
119
YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
109


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
118
YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
110


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
118
YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
110


scorecard by RORSCHACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120
YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
108


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

This is an interesting one.

Miguel Cotto is a legend in boxing, he has been in great fights, he has certainly had his ups and downs in his career, but he has had a great career, and has already sealed his legacy. Miguel Cotto was devastated in defeat to Saul Alvarez, I believe Cotto, in victories over Sergio Martinez and Daniel Geale, under the guidence of world renowned trainer Freddie Roach, was the best Cotto we've ever seen, and he looked fantastic against Alvarez, who is one of the best out there, a star in boxing without question, but he lost, and that was in 2015, inactivity is never a good thing, and Cotto does not have bags of time. I believe the 21 month layoff, especially on the wrong side of 35, having had the rollarcoaster career he has had, we won't see the same Cotto we saw dismantle Sergio Martinez, I could be wrong, but I believe we will see a declined Miguel Cotto.

Yoshihiro Kamegai is not a big name, on paper, it is easy to see why he is the underdog, having lost a few fights, but Kamegai is a fighter who can shock people with his performance when he shows up to fight, against Guerrero, I thought he won 4 rounds, that was a great fight, he is a proud fighter, and a fighter who rises to the occasion, he certainly did that in the Soto Karass rematch, he won big, that may have been partly down to Karass not being at his best, but it was still a great win for Kamegai. Kamegai might not be the most defensively strong fighter, or the best technical fighter around, but he is absolutely relentless, strong, teak tough, powerful.

I think Miguel Cotto will do what is expected of him and win this fight, but I think it will be tough, I think Cotto will do enough to win most of the rounds with a clear difference in skill, I think will have no trouble landing punches on Kamegai, who will know he'll have to take punches to land them, but I think Kamegai will have some good spells in some rounds, and make them close, entertaining, push Cotto back, give the Puerto Rican legend a hard time, but I think after 12 action packed rounds, Cotto will claim a wide unanimous decision (118-110, 118-110, 117-111) and become a world champion again.

This is a massive opportunity for Kamegai, if he wins, then I will be shocked, it will be a massive upset, and great for Japanese boxing, they are very proud, disciplined folks over there, and they would be very proud of their man if he was to not only fight a former super champion but beat him as well, claiming a world title belt in the process.

Assuming this fight goes the way I think it will, I don't think Miguel Cotto has the beating of any of the other champions, especially if Hurd (who might be the weak link if there is one although that may not do him justice) beats Austin Trout which he may or may not, I'm not sure what big fights there are out there for him which he wins, I can see Liam Smith (assuming he gets the convincing win over Williams which I think he will) wanting the Cotto fight, a I think that is a fantastic potential fight which makes great sense for both.

rorschach's picture

Can you add the Rey Vargas vs Ronny Rios Super Bantamweight title fight that's gonna be on this broadcast please Champ?

albertocastany's picture

This will be an easy decision win for Cotto.
Don't get me wrong: Kamegai is a tough fighter that will keep coming hard at you. However, this is a really bad style matchup for him.
During the fight, Cotto will move around Kamegai and keep at distance with a hard jab. Cotto will jump from time to time inside to land hard shots and them move away from danger. Kamegai will land here and there an occasional hard shot, but nothing that should put Cotto in trouble.

rorschach's picture

Hoping for a spirited affair. I think Cotto takes it, but don't underestimate the heart and tenacity of Kamegai. He could make this a war, and you never know with Cotto when he gets dragged into a war.

Champion97's picture

Fantastic performance from Miguel Cotto!
This fight wasn't too different to what I expected it to be, I thought it would have been slightly closer, I didn't think Cotto would be able to sustain that pace for so long, show such stamina at his age, I didn't think he would be able to control the fight to the extent that he could land with that kind of power, and so often.

Kamegai is insanely resistant to punches! I had to look away a few times, how on earth he can soak up so much brutal punishment, taking so much battering to the head, and still keep coming forward, without it deterring him, without needing to hold, or any reaction at all, I'll never know. I didn't expect Kamegai to take such a beating, I thought he would come on strong late, he didn't tire himself as such, it was just that Cotto was able to keep up, Kamegai did tale a lot of energy sapping punches, while Cotto was forced to work very hard for every round he won, and he did slow down late on to an extent, but this is the second 1w round fight in a row in which he has kept moving forward 12 full rounds without fading after people predicted him not to be able to sustain his illusiveness.

I understand why most had it a shut out, I think Cotto won the middle 10 rounds decisively, and the majority had a substantial amount in them, rounds 1 and 12 could have gone either way, I personally, like to give the benefit of the doubt to the fighter who is way behind in that situation, when the guy who is losing a landslide is giving as much of an effort as Kamegai, sustaining the pressure, effort, making it tough for his opponent, if I can not give him a shut out loss in my card I will, but many wouldn't agree, but nevertheless, 12-0, 10-2, doesn't really matter, Cotto won, and he won very wide.