Sometimes in a loss a fighter can increase their fan base. That was seen earlier today when teak tough Japanese fighter Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-4-2, 24) [亀海喜寛] took on Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33) for the WBO Light Middleweight title. The bout was a showcase of Cotto's skills, but yet Kamegai impressed through out, with his toughness, energy and determination.
From the opening round it was clear that Kamegai's gameplan was based around pressure, and nothing else. Hoping to break down Cotto who was forced to fight at an incredibly high pace, something that could have been an issue given he hadn't fought in 21 months and was an aging fighter.
Despite the inactivty, and ring wear, Cotto shone, neutralising much of Kamegai's intense pressure with smart foot work and heavy shots, that Kamegai was forced to eat round after round. Despite being tagged, continually, by bombs Kamegai refused to back down and at times it seemed like he was trying to add some humour to his own beating, brushing his hairafter taking a series of bombs late in the contest.
Despite his pressure Kamegai couldn't get his shots off with the frequency he needed, and they lacked the snap when they did land to really hurt Cotto. Whilst Kamegai was never hurt himself, despite having a bloodied nose from very early on, he always looked second best, and like a fighter relying on his insane toughness to trouble Cotto.
Given the one-sided nature of the bout the score-cards were never in doubt, with Cotto winning 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110.
Despite the fact Kamegai got beaten, clearly, he seemed to enjoy the experience of being in the ring with a hero of his, and it was clear that appreciated being given a chance to fight someone like Cotto for a world title. For Cotto it seems like the end is nigh, and it sounds like he will have just one more fight before retiring at the end of 2017.
World Title Results
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