8/26/2017-Stub Hub, Carson, Ca.- “December 31 and that’s it”, those were the words of future hall of famer, Puerto Rico’s multi champion, Miguel Cotto ( 40-5-33K). But after last night’s scintillating victory over never say die Yosh Kamagai, fans wanna’ no ‘why’ ? There’s obviously plenty left in his tank and we KNOW fighter’s NEVER leave on top. With the ever pressing Kamagai (27-3-2D-24K) applying his ‘running man’, pressure, Cotto was as sharp as a razor as he bounced plenty of leather off the body and head with both hands. Looking as nimble and sharp as he ever has, this was a performance for the ages for Miguel. Kamagai is nothing, if not persistent and has a chin of steel. With excellent footwork and elusiveness, Cotto was at the top of his game and on fire for twelve rounds, as he won the WBO 154 strap. Kamagai learned early that the worse person to have Cotto was against the ropes. From this spot, springing out of his peek-a-boo stance, he laced Kamagai with beautiful three and four punch sets and got outta’ Dodge before Kamagai could locate him.. He was in superb condition and his shots were powerful and on point. I’ve never seen him sharper. Kamagai is amazingly durable and he’s gonna’ need to go on a diet after eating all the leather Miguel tossed his way. But at the end, he was still clear headed and unmarked and he never stopped running at Cotto. He also was tossing leather back at Cotto, digging shots to the body and head. This was a fan friendly fight and as Cotto said post fight, “I knew I wasn’t gonna’ be able to knock him out. So, who will be his last fight in December? “I’ll let Freddie pick the right one, said Miguel”. “The GGG-Canelo fight is who I want” said Roach. Freddie’s a brave guy.
Santa Ana’s tough, skilled Ronny Rios (28-1-13K) got several earfuls from his forever trainer, Hector Lopez between rounds to “get close to that mfkr and STAY close. Only issue was, the object of Lopez’s affection was a tall, lanky flamethrower, WBC boss, Ray Vargas. At five feet ten and 122 pounds with great leverage on his shots, Vargas was MORE than hell to deal with for Rios. Vargas (29-0-22K) is a free swinging power hitter. He digs well downstairs and pretty much is the total package. He throws most of his shots in combination form. This was a hard-ass assignment for the shorter Rios, though he tried hard. This was just a bad hookup for the Pride of Santa Ana. To make matters worse, Vargas is elusive and has great lateral movement. When Rios DID land a clean shot on Vargas’ chin, he fired back angrily or danced away, never hit with combos. In THIS game, sometimes there are just some guys you can’t do SHIT with and that was Rios’ problem tonight. His best hope is to let this guy move up to another division. Vargas is a talented guy, trained by the professor, Nacho Beristain. Looks like he’ll be champ for a minute. The decision was unanimous for Vargas.