Miguel Cotto vs Yoshihiro Kamegai
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.