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Cotto returns to boxing, takes on Kamegai for WBO belt
In this June 8, 2014 file photo, Miguel Cotto, of Puerto Rico, reacts after winning a WBC World Middleweight Title boxing match against Sergio Martinez, of Argentina in New York. Cotto won by technical knockout after the ninth round. | AP Photo/Frank Franklin II
CARSON, Calif. — Four-time world champion Miguel Cotto will return from a lengthy layoff to fight Yoshihiro Kamegai for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title on August 26 at the StubHub Center.
Cotto has not fought since November 2015, when he lost a unanimous decision to Canelo Alvarez for the WBC middleweight belt. The 26-year-old native of Puerto Rico has held titles in the super lightweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight divisions. He's 40-5 with 33 knockouts.
Kamegai, of Japan, is 27-3-2 with 24 KOs.
"I'm very excited to be back and showcase a high-level fight for the fans," Cotto said. "Kamegai is a great, tough fighter, but I will be ready for him and to capture the world title."