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Cotto-Kamegai official for August 26

Miguel Cotto will be taking on Yoshihiro Kamegai after all, with the vacant WBO title on the line.

Miguel Cotto v Canelo Alvarez Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images

It’s been a little bit of a roller coaster ride over the past few months for Miguel Cotto. The Puerto Rican fighter had originally be lined up to fight Yoshihiro Kamegai in June, but then word came out that that fight fell through when Roc Nation Sports took issue with Cotto’s minimum required purse for the bout — causing the parties to split ways.

But it appears now that Cotto is going to follow through with the bout under his own promotional banner, with Golden Boy (who promotes Kamegai) likely to play a leading role in the promotion of the bout. WBN reports that the Cotto-Kamegai fight is officially set for August 26 at California’s StubHub Center, airing live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

And as an added bonus for Cotto, a five time world titleholder, this fight has also been green-lit for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title, which will provide Cotto with an opportunity to win his sixth world championship. In this outing Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) will be making his first appearance since losing his middleweight title to Canelo Alvarez in November 2015.

"I'm very excited to be back and showcase a high level fight for the fans," Cotto said. "Kamegai is a great, tough fighter, but I will be ready for him and to capture the world title. I can't wait to start training for this fight and get back in the ring on August 26."

Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) is an all-action fighter but will surely be a decided underdog heading into this bout. He’s most recently coming off a stoppage win over Jesus Soto Karass last September.

"I fully understand who I am going to be in the ring against, but Cotto's record and history won't matter once we are toe-to-toe," Kamegai said. "I am looking forward to giving fans the kind of aggressive fight that they have seen from me before and having my arm raised in victory."

Considering the style match-up of the fight and the fact it will be held at the StubHub Center (which has a reputation for hosting great action fights) this should be a rather fun one, if not necessarily the most competitive.

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