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Cotto-Lemieux possible for Dec. 2

Miguel Cotto has to take care of business with Yoshihiro Kamegai first on Aug. 26.

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

According to report by RingTV, sources suggest that if everything goes smoothly in his upcoming bout with Yoshihiro Kamegai on HBO, Aug. 26, Miguel Cotto is penciled in for a big fight on December 2 in New York.

There had been previous reports that HBO was only willing to take this fight with Kamegai if it was going to lead into a bigger fight later in the year for Cotto, and a fight against David Lemieux, who has been mentioned as a possible opponent, would seemingly fit the bill.

Lemieux, 28, is most recently coming off of a unanimous decision win over Marcos Reyes this past May, just a couple months after scoring a killer knockout on Curtis Stevens in March. He’s been pretty vocal about wanting a big fight and any time Cotto fights in New York, he certainly draws a crowd.

Cotto, 36, hasn’t fought since losing a unanimous decision to Canelo Alvarez back in November 2015. His fight with Kamegai in a couple weeks could be a fan-friendly style clash, but it’s pretty much expected that Cotto will be able to handle Kamegai without too many problems.

Perhaps the biggest problem with the Kamegai fight, from a business standpoint anyway, is that it’s running head-to-head with Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor — an event that is anticipated to do big numbers and hog all the attention, particularly on that night. As it so happens I’ve drawn the Cotto-Kamegai assignment while Scott Christ tackles the spectacle of the century, so I expect a pretty lonely evening.

Cotto has made firm statements that this year will mark his last in boxing, and if he goes out against a dangerous opponent like Lemieux, well, it should be fireworks one way or another.

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