Miguel Cotto rocks Yoshihiro Kamegai, wins 5th championship

By in Press Enterprise on August 27, 2017

By Mark Whicker

CARSON — Miguel Cotto won a championship in his fifth weight class at StubHub Center Saturday night, pounding out a unanimous decision over the unbreakable Yoshihiro Kamegai.

He is now the WBO’s junior middleweight champion, at 154 pounds, and at age 36.

Whether his hands and arms will recover well enough to keep it going is anyone’s guess.

Kamegai, born without a pain gene, absorbed 304 punches to the head, none of which sent him backwards for a second. Time and again Cotto rocked him with fearsome shots, and Kamegai would only nod and trot forward to take some more.

Afterward, Cotto said he would fight only one more time. “I think it’s enough boxing for me,” he said. “I’m 36 and itt’s time.”

But he did say he would fight in December. Asked about the opposition, he deferred the question to trainer Freddie Roach.

“We’re going out with a bang,” Roach said. “We’re not going to duck anybody. There’s the winner of the fight between Triple-G (Gennady Golovkin) and Canelo (Alvarez). There’s some good fights out there.”

Cotto admitted that he had no illusions about stopping Kamegai “once we got to the sixth or seventh round.” But there was no way Cotto was missing such an easy and willing target. He connected on 40 percent of 837 punches he threw.

Although Cotto hadn’t fought since he lost to Canelo in November of 2015, he still has box-office power. The card, which included Rey Vargas’ successful defense of the WBC super bantamweight title against Ronny Rios, drew a sellout crowd of 7,689.

Kamegai’s record fell to 27-4-2, and Cotto’s improved to 41-5.

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