On Saturday, August 26, 2017 Miguel Cotto squares off against Yoshihiro Kamegai in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds.
The match will be contested for the vacant WBO world Junior Middleweight championship and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions.
The event will take place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:45 pm, EST/PST.
Also on the HBO telecast will be a WBC Super Bantamweight title bout between Rey Vargas and Ronny Rios, which is a scheduled 12-round fight.
The livestream portion of the card will begin at approximately 4:45 pm, EST/1:45, pm, PST through approximately 9:45 pm, EST/ 6:45, pm, PST on RingTV.com.
Stay with Round By Round Boxing‘s Eric Ramos who will be providing live updates from ringside at StubHub.
Live Boxing Results
Miguel Cotto vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai
Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto returned to the ring in spectacular fashion, landing punches at will throughout the fight against Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai.
Cotto defeated Kamegai via 12-round unanimous decision.
Rey Vargas vs. Ronny Rios
Rey Vargas (30-0, 22 KOS) of Mexico City successfully defended his WBC Super Bantamweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision victory against Santa Ana, Calif.’s Ronny Rios (28-2, 13 KOs).
Joet Gonzalez vs. Deivi Julio Bassa
Featherweight Joet Gonazlez (18-0, 9 KOs) earned a thrilling fifth-round knockout win over Deives Julio (19-3, 11 KOs). Gonzalez dropped Julio with a right hand in Round 5. Julio got up before the count but was stunned again and referee Jack Reiss decided to stop the bout at 2:57.
“It feels really good to get the fifth round stoppage,” said Gonzalez. “My opponent really knew how to box, he was on the Colombian National team so that meant we had to come prepared for battle. I’m ready to fight again real soon – hopefully by October you’ll see me again.”
Emilio Sanchez vs. Danny Flores
Super bantamweight Emilio Sanchez (15-0, 10 KOs) remained unbeaten after stopping Danny Flores 11-9-1, 5 KOs) in the fifth round. A flurry of punches led the referee to stop the fight with 33 seconds left in the round.
“I feel satisfied with my win tonight,” said Sanchez. ” I was really working on closing the gap and I want to work on my technique and style and be able to be distinct among all the fighters in my pretty stacked division.”
Marco Antonio Sanchez vs. Janiel Rivera
Janiel Rivera (16-2-3, 10 KOs) earned a knockout win over Marco Antonio Sanchez (12-6-3, 7 KOs) at 1:59 of the second round in a Minimumweight bout. Rivera is ranked No. 8 by the IBF.
“I am extremely happy to be here in Los Angeles,” said Rivera. “This is the first time I have ever fought here, and it’s been a complete dream come true. In winning this fight, it proves to me that all the sacrifice and training I have put in has given me the desired results we came here for.”
Genaro Gamez vs. Eduardo Rafael Reyes
Junior welterweight Genaro Gamez (6-0, 4 KOs) scored a six-round unanimous decision over Rafael Reyes (7-11, 5 KOs). After dropping Reyes in round two, a point was deducted a point at the end of the round four due to a low blow.
“I wanted to give my fans a good show, and he was able to soak up a lot of my punches,” said Gamez. “It’s been a tough couple of weeks, so this win is really sweet. I recognize that this wasn’t my best performance – I am not at my desired weight and I’m still learning as a fighter, but my dream is to fight top names and this was a step towards it.”
Alexis Rocha vs. Esau Herrera
Southpaw Welterweight Alexis Rocha improved to 9-0 by knocking out Esau Herrera (19-10-1, 10 KOs) at 2:59 of round one.
“I wanted to win, and I wanted it to look easy and intelligent,” said Rocha. “I feel like I was able to do that with this knockout win. I came in wanting to work the body, and I was able to figure him out quickly.”
Tenochtitlan Nava vs. Angel Enrique Aguilar Jimenez
Featherweight Tenochtitlan Nava ( 7-0, 1 KO) earned a close unanimous decision over Angel Aguilar (8-14, 1 KO) in a four-round bout. All three judges scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Nava.
“I feel great. I made it out of the ring without any significant damage to my body,” said Nava. “I tried to close the gap between me and my opponent, and focused on landing my jab throughout the fight. One of the next steps to becoming a world champion is going up to six rounds – I feel like I am ready.”
Rolando Padilla vs. Ruben Rodriguez
Super Lightweight Ruben Rodriguez (1-0) stopped Rolando Padilla (0-3) at 47 seconds of the second round to earn a victory in his pro debut.
“I’m glad that I had my debut win be a knockout. Considering that I was really nervous,” said Rodriguez. “I’m satisfied with my performance. I got to start my professional career on a Miguel Cotto undercard. That is really crazy to me, and it’s a great way for me to make my way up in boxing.”
Javier Padilla vs. Ricardo Arias
In a four-round junior featherweight bout, Javier Padilla (3-0-1, 3 KOs) and Ricardo Arias (1-1-1) fought to a unanimous decision draw. All three judges scored the bout 38-38.
“I’m not very happy with the way the judges scored the fight,” said Padilla. “But I know that this is a learning experience. I should have used my reach a lot more, however, I just like to fight from the inside. He was tough, and kept smothering my punches. I’m ready to get back into the ring.”
“I wasn’t the favorite, so that’s why we got the draw,” said Arias. “I was robbed.”