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Roach Wants Cotto To Destroy Kamegai's Body, Avoid a Decision

By Miguel Rivera

The professional relationship between Miguel Cotto and Freddie Roach is in a dimension where words are left over when both are in the gym.

Earlier this month, the Puerto Rican pugilist reported to the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, Calif., While the coach accompanied Filipino Manny Pacquiao for his bout against Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia.

Cotto wasted no time and started training camp for his fight against Japanese contender Yoshihiro Kamegai, scheduled for August 26 at the StubHub Center in Carson. They will battle for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title.

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The duo met again in California in the past and Roach has been very satisfied with the work so far.

"I think Miguel looked sharp, the combinations were fantastic and he looks good for this fight against Kamegai. I expect a great performance from Miguel," Roach said to Carlos Gonzalez.

After the cancellation of the fight with James Kirkland back in February, Cotto took a break in training to enjoy a short vacation in Puerto Rico.

"The rest helped him. We were working hard for Kirkland and the free time was good. He was able to stay in condition. I am pleased with what I have seen," Roach said.

The coach warned that his pupil can not underestimate the opponent.

"Kamagei is a little crazy in the ring. He can be effective in counters when he wants, has a solid jaw, he's durable, but I anticipate that body punches will tell the story. I hope Miguel softens him up with attacks to the body. If Miguel does it effectively, there will be no way for Kamegai to escape. I think that while Kamegei's jaw is solid, the body is a bit soft and that's where we will succeed," Roach continued.

"Miguel has boxed for many years, but he remains one of the main figures in the sport. A good win against Kamegai would help him get a big fight or a rematch against one of those who beat him in the past. I would love that, but to get it first he has to beat Kamegai."

"A lot of things happened in Australia, but that's boxing. It is not a perfect world, we all have an opinion and it is unfortunate that we lost that fight [with Pacquiao]. That's why I want Miguel to soften Kamegai up to avoid a bad decision. It's part of boxing's life and game."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by The Time on 07-21-2017

[QUOTE=Hatesrats;17869184]Kamegai gonna bring back Margarito memories doe... (I'll be ringside)[/QUOTE] Oh so Cotto is going to win by stoppage due to eye damage in the late rounds. That's a good prediction, I can see a stoppage like that happening since…

Comment by Steven Mccowan on 07-21-2017

[QUOTE=Visceral;17877430]I didn't catch what exactly is there to gain by announcing [I]any [/I]details of one's strategy? Roach commonly gives too much away because he is friendly with the media.[/QUOTE] Yeah but roach, like everyone else says things that dont exactly…

Comment by Steven Mccowan on 07-21-2017

[QUOTE=N!Ck F.;17871326]No way Cotto fights Lemieux. Huge size difference and a big risk at this point in his career. Lemieux has a solid chin and a huge punch, and is a good 10 pounds of solid muscle bigger. Would be…

Comment by Visceral on 07-21-2017

[QUOTE=Steven Mccowan;17870974]wtf are you saying? This is boxing, believe nothing these guys say lmao. And im not sure a boxer is gonna be so heavily surprised by another boxer going heavy to the body lol. Hell, especially one who used…

Comment by N!Ck F. on 07-18-2017

No way Cotto fights Lemieux. Huge size difference and a big risk at this point in his career. Lemieux has a solid chin and a huge punch, and is a good 10 pounds of solid muscle bigger. Would be a…

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