Miguel Cotto (-400) vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai (+340), Draw (+2800)
For those of you who could care less about the Mayweather vs McGregor fiasco, there’s another fight on August 26th that may interest you. Five-time former world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) makes his long-awaited return to the boxing ring against Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) for the vacant WBO light middleweight title. If you’re interested in placing a bet on the fight, check out our review of the top online sportsbooks first.
After almost two years of inactivity, Cotto is hoping to stage a comeback following his 2015 loss to Canelo Alvarez. The 36-year-old has fought some of the biggest names in boxing — Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Alvarez and Sergio Martinez, just to name a few — and has held titles at junior welterweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight. The future Hall-of-Famer is looking for his sixth world title before he finally hangs up his gloves.
The WBO light middleweight title was vacated by Alvarez, who abandoned the belt in order to face fellow Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a Cinco de Mayo super-fight. Canelo has an upcoming middleweight championship fight against Gennady Golovkin, which could prove to be one of the biggest fights in middleweight history. After that, if the stars are aligned correctly, he could face the winner of Cotto vs. Kamegai.
Kamegai is a little-known fighter with an unimpressive record. Cotto will be his first noteworthy opponent and the upcoming bout will be his first ever title shot. He’s not a particularly technical boxer, but he knows how to brawl. If he’s able to convince Cotto to stand and trade blows, then he has a decent chance.
However, that’s not Cotto’s style. In his earlier years, he may have opted to slug it out, but he’s become a more polished and technical fighter as he’s aged. As a talented switch hitter and a gifted boxer-puncher, Cotto will likely rely on his accuracy and technique to win the fight.
With his height and size advantage, Kamegai will be a tough opponent to put away. He’s a vicious puncher and has remained active throughout his career. At 34, he’s the slightly younger fighter as well. But having said that, he’s still out of Cotto’s league.
Golden Boy Promotions has probably chosen this match-up because they view it as an easy fight for Cotto. The former world champion needs some time to shake off the ring rust and get back into the swing of things, and a small-time opponent like Kamegai is his stepping stone back to the top.
Pick: Miguel Cotto (-400)