Fight week countdown
It’s a busy fight week, conference calls are done, and now all that is left is the media arrivals and final live conference. The call this week was a very short and simple call. Cotto was calm and direct to the point. He is ready to fight, and that is all.
December 31st 2017 is the day Cotto retires from boxing. No matter who, or how they ask Cotto, there was no way his answer was going to change. December 31st, that is the date.
Cotto stated in previous statements earlier this year that he wanted to fight two more times this year. This statement was made around the time the original fight date of February in Texas VS Kirkland was on the books (see article here). It is now end of August… can we see one last fight spilling over into 2018? How will the Golden Boy multi-fight deal play out? Multi=2? But what ever plays out Cotto has had an amazing career and has a new journey ahead of him as “Promoter”.
Translated from cottopromotions.com
Working for the boxer and boxer, this being our priority, which will create an atmosphere of trust and improved performance by them. This in turn gives us the platform for Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment are leading boxing promotion in Puerto Rico, thanks to the humanization and respect given to the athlete through a fair and honest environment. This structure ensures new boxing stars that provide a profitable show for sponsors and audience appeal.
HALL OF FAME TRAINER FREDDIE ROACH SHARES TRAINING CAMP DETAILS AS MIGUEL COTTO PREPARES FOR YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI IN BATTLE FOR VACANT WBO JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE
COTTO VS. KAMEGAI TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 AT STUBHUB CENTER TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®
LOS ANGELES (July 26, 2017): World renowned trainer Freddie Roach shared important details regarding the training camp of Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs), the only Puerto Rican boxer to ever win world titles in four divisions, as he prepares to go to war for the vacant WBO Junior Middleweight title against the Japanese slugger Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs). Cotto will attempt to obtain a sixth world title in four divisions and will appear on HBO for an astounding 23rd time. The event takes place Saturday, August 26 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Roach, a Hall of Fame trainer who was supervising a recent sparring session at the Wild Card Boxing Club, shared Cotto’s training camp routine, which consists of:
Strength and conditioning at 5:00 am with Gavin McMillan (exercises are done either at the gym, pool, nearby hills or at the track).
Breakfast at around 8:30 am. (Cotto likes to cook all his meals himself; his diet is normal, avoiding fried food).
Light snack at around 11:15 am. Sparring three days a week at 1:00 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Boxing routine on at 1:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Dinner at around 5:30 pm.
Roach also provided additional training camp details, including the strategy for taking advantage of the exciting and crowd-pleasing style of Kamegai.
“Kamegai [Yoshihiro] is very aggressive and I like that. I think it should make for a great fight because he’s coming forward all the time and always looking for a knockout. Guys who look for knockouts, get knocked out. So, we’re working on countering his attack, and it’s going really well so far,” Roach concluded.
“I feel great, everything is working perfectly in camp together with Freddie and Gavin on every workout session. Freddie has a great game plan and I just follow him and do my best every day at gym. We look forward to have a big win” Miguel Cotto said.
“For more than 16 years, Miguel Cotto has represented Puerto Rico. He has given fans incredible fights at a number of weight classes, and has won world titles in an astounding four divisions,” said Oscar De La Hoya. “Now, after nearly two years out of the ring, as he attempts to claim a sixth championship belt, we are fully expecting a tough war between him and Kamegai.”
Cotto vs. Kamegai, a 12-round fight for the vacant WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions and sponsored by Tecate “BORN BOLD” and Casa Mexico Tequila. Rey Vargas vs. Ronny Rios is a 12-round world championship fight for the WBC Super Bantamweight Title, and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Promociones del Pueblo. The event will take place Saturday, August 26 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and will be televised live on HBO World
Championship Boxing® beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. Tickets for Cotto vs. Kamegai are on sale and priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXSTIX (888-929-7849), and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available by calling 877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, call 877-234-8425.