There has been a little bit of talk lately about the on again off again fight between Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33KO’s) and Yoshihiro Kamagai (27-3-2, 24KO’s). It really got the attention of boxing fans when Cotto, who was training at Wild Card Gym with Freddie Roach, was questioned about an upcoming fight with Kamegai responded by saying he never signed for that fight and left Wild Card Gym shortly afterward. It appeared that Cotto may have left to go ask some questions himself of Roc Nation Sports. Within a few days it was reported that Cotto and Roc Nation Sports had split ways, with Roc Nation buying Cotto out of his contract which had one fight remaining on it. A few days after that the fight with Kamegai was announced as happening August 26th 2017 on HBO. This news left people scratching their heads as to what the hell was really going on.
The answer seems to be that HBO was only going to OK a fight between Cotto/Kamegai if they had a deal set up for Cottos’ following fight against a top Middleweight opponent. All signs lead to that following fight being with the heavy handed punishing KO artist David Lemieux (38-3, 33KO’s).
Why Roc Nation could not come to terms with HBO for the Cotto/Kamegai deal is uncertain. Was it because Cotto was seeking out more money than what HBO/Roc Nation were willing to compensate him for both fights or would it be that he would not prefer Lemieux as a future opponent? Cotto has reportedly been playing real hard ball for the last couple of years over contract details as well so the answers to the questions we are left with are anyone’s guess. The real win for boxing fans will be if Cotto gets past Kamegai, which seems likely based on popular opinion, and then would be in line for a possible war with the proven Cotto trying to keep the seek and destroy Lemieux at bay. Perhaps I’m getting too far ahead of myself. I know one thing, even the thought of that fight happening really has me excited.
An added plus is that Cotto just signed a multi fight deal with Golden Boy Promotions, which is also Lemieux’s promoter, and I am even more hopeful that it may come to fruition. The winner could possibly get a fight with the Canelo Alvarez/Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin winner next. Who knows but it’s certainly something I will be keeping my eye on.
Steven “The Bad Guy” McCowan