MIGUEL COTTO VS. YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI RESULTS, VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS & POST PRESS CONFERENCE
By Victor O. Garcia, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Video Reporter- Ringside
Carson, Ca (August 26th, 2017)— Miguel Cotto electrifies the Stubhub Center with a great performance Saturday night. He became the new WBO Super Welterweight Champion after defeating Japanese-slugger Yoshihiro Kamegai via unanimous-decision. The Golden Boy Promotions event was televised on HBO.
The six-time world champion Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) puts a beating on Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-4-2, 24 KOs) for 12 rounds. The fight started with both fighters coming straight to each other and exchanged blows. Kamegai showed up to the fight without a defense. Although Yoshihiro was taking blows throughout the fight, the first few rounds were the most competitive. Miguel then took advantage by landing beautiful well-connected hooks to the body and on the head of Kamegai as Kamegai kept coming forward. It was unclear why Yoshihiro would not use his height and reach advantage over the smaller Miguel Cotto. Instead, Yoshihiro kept coming forward, setting himself up for the future Hall of Fame fighter to put on a beating on the defenseless Kamegai.
After a lopsided matchup, the Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto becomes the Victor of the night and collects the WBO Super Welterweight title. The judges scored the bout, 120-108, 119-109, and 118-110.
“I tried to do my best, and I think I did that tonight,” said Miguel Cotto. “I am happy with my performance. Kamegai is a tough fighter and opponent. It was during round five or six that I knew he was going to make it to the 12 rounds. Come December 31, I will retire. I’ve done it all. I’m 36 going on 37, and I think I’ve come to the end of my career. I will fight once more in December. I’ll let Freddie [Roach] tell you who I want.”
Freddy Roach was quick to give an answer after he was asked what would he like next for the newly crowned world champion.
“We want the winner of Canelo-GGG,” said Freddie Roach.
During the presser, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez did say that the Madison Square Garden is reserved early December. Which could host the farewell fight for Miguel Cotto.
Rey Vargas vs Ronny Rios
In the co-main event, Mexico’s newest world champion Rey Vargas (30-0, 22 KOs) retains his WBC super bantamweight title after successfully defeating Southern California’s Ronny Rios (28-3, 13 KOs) in a 12-round matchup.
The fight was an exciting one. Rey Vargas showed good boxing skills with keeping Rios at a distance with great jabs using timing. Ronny did well with applying pressure on Vargas but, the world champion —who has the legendary trainer Ignacio Beristain on his corner— showcased his boxing ability and would not let Ronny get a rhythm.
After 12 rounds of action, the bout went to the scorecards and the judges awarded Rey Vargas the winner. Judges scored the bout: 118-110, 118-110, and 115-113.
“We came here to take the belt back home, even if that means that we didn’t get the knockout,” said Rey Vargas. “Rios was definitely an intelligent and skillful fighter. He got me with some head shots that threw me off, and he was of an elite level when it came to his boxing. We definitely need to go back and refine our style.”
“I wasn’t expecting for him to move so much,” said Ronny Rios. “He was running more than I was expecting for him to. We put up a good fight, and my team and I will have to go back to the drawing board.”