Miguel Cotto picked up the vacant WBO junior middleweight title on Saturday night in California, beating Yoshihiro Kamegai via wide 12-round decision in the HBO main event.
Now, Cotto says he’s got one more fight left, and he wants a big one.
"I tried to do my best, and I think I did that tonight," he said after the fight.
“I am happy with my performance. Kamegai is a tough fighter and opponent. It was during round five or six that I knew he was going to make it to the 12 rounds.”
As for his plans to hang up the gloves, he said he’s done when the calendar turns to 2018.
“Come December 31, I will retire. I've done it all. I'm 36 going on 37, and I think I've come to the end of my career. I will fight once more in December. I'll let Freddie tell you who I want."
With that, trainer Freddie Roach simply said, “We want the winner of Canelo-GGG,” referring of course to the September 16 HBO pay-per-view main event.
It seems unlikely that either Alvarez or Golovkin would want to turn around and fight again so quickly, especially against someone like Cotto (41-5, 33 KO), who would certainly be the underdog but is no easy touch.
There’s also been talk of Cotto facing David Lemieux on December 2, which would be an interesting way to go out. He could also defend his WBO title against a “farewell” type of opponent, and ultimately that might be the most sensible and realistic thing to do.