By Radio Rahim
Los Angeles, California - On Wednesday it was officially announced that former four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) had signed a multi-fight agreement with Golden Boy Promotions.
Cotto had worked with Golden Boy back in 2012, when the boxer faced Floyd Mayweather Jr. and then Austin Trout. The Puerto Rican boxer then worked with his first promoter, Top Rank, for two fights, and then signed a deal with Roc Nation Sports in early 2015. With one fight remaining on their three fight deal, Cotto and Roc Nation parted ways a few weeks ago.
The first fight of the Golden Boy deal takes place on August 26th, when Cotto faces Yoshihiro "El Maestrito" Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) for the vacant WBO Light Middleweight World Championship at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. HBO will televise.
Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya, who also co-promotes Kamegai with Teiken Promotions, was very excited about getting Cotto on board.
Cotto, who also runs his own promotional company, will partner with Golden Boy on some of the show for their ongoing ESPN series.
"We are happy to be partnering with Cotto and Kamegai for this event, but I do want to announce that our efforts to bring boxing back in a big way to Puerto Rico is one that will become a reality in the near future. I am happy to announce that with Miguel Cotto Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions, we will take our ESPN series to the island and bring back the excitement of boxing. Obviously, we couldn't do it without Cotto's help and his wonderful team. We are excited to take boxing back with ESPN internationally. As you've seen, our Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN series has had amazing fights and incredible ratings-we are giving the fans what they deserve," De La Hoya said.
According to Cotto, the second fight of his deal with Golden Boy is already set aside for December. And after December he will determine if he wants to continue his career in 2018.
"We are going to have this fight on August 26th and then we scheduled another fight for December 2nd. After the December fight, we'll see," Cotto said.