Puerto Rican fighter Miguel Cotto has promised to give his heart in his next fight as he has always done.

Since his defeat to Canelo Alvarez in 2015, he is yet to sight anybody. He has promised to be at his best when he faces Yoshihiro Kamegai.

Cotto says his training camp is set to begin on July 1 in his home country where he would have been from the last days in June. He admits that his intending opponent Kamegai is “a tough fighter.” He promised to work as hard as possible as the Jap would come with “victory on his mind.”

“For me to fight someone I’ve been a fan of since I was 20 years old is an honour and I look forward to fighting him,” Kamegai said, hailing his opponent. He added that his goal is victory at the end of the bout.

He added that his English was poor but he speaks the language of boxing very well. “I plan to put on an entertaining and great performance. Please watch this fight,” he added.

Cotto recently parted ways with promoter Roc Nation Sport as they were unable to agree on his return fight against Kamegai. The CEO of Miguel Cotto Promotions Bryan Perez confirmed the news. They had agreed a three-year fight deal in 2015 that was worth $50 million.

Coto won the first fight against Daniel Geale but lost a 12-round fight against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez later that year after the earlier fight in the first half. Since the loss to Canelo, he has been inactive. His record of 40-5, 33 KOs is still impressive. He could have fought James Kirkland in February in Texas but the fight was annulled as his opponent fractured his nose in training.

The fight is set to hold in August with the team working on various strategies to employ, Perez said.


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