Miquel Cotto's Farewell Tour Upstaged By a Rising Star In Sadam Ali

Rosalie Stanley
Декабря 4, 2017

Ali seized the World Boxing Organization (WBO) light middleweight world title the Puerto Rican won in August with an undisputed decision over Japan's Yoshihiro Kamegai.

The 37 year old Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) has seen better years, but the aging veteran who promised to retire after his December bought against Sadam Ali wants to go out with a bang and put on an impressive win against a younger risky opponent. "I would have to say my whole career has been wonderful for me", said Cotto.

Exacerbating Cotto's dilemma was the injury to his left bicep, an apparent tear he incurred in the seventh round, effectively rendering him a one-armed fighter the rest of the way.

Both fighters were hurt during the contest but after 12 rounds Ali got the nod from all three judges by scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112.

"I am going to be a warrior and do my best for the benefit of my family, as always", he said.

"I am proud to call MSG my second home. But this is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I took the challenge against a legend", Ali said. A right hand by Ali staggered Cotto in the second round, as did a left hook in the fourth round. "They could have taken an easier fight".

"I had him hurt here and there", Ali said.

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"Good things happen to good people", Ali said after improving to 26-1.

Pre-fight many within the industry were critical of this fight, stating it would be nothing but routine for Cotto. Cotto controlled the pace in the fifth round and then landed a crisp straight right hand in the sixth that sent Ali stumbling into the ropes.

The rapturous welcome he received upon entering the ring was repeated as he departed in defeat. Cotto looked his 37 years, and Ali, sure of victory from the get go, was just too fresh and determined tonight. I have been training since I was eight years old, and I am glad I got this win at MSG, in my hometown.

Cotto continued to back Ali up in the seventh round; Cotto was so satisfied with his work that he told trainer Freddie Roach in the corner that it was his best round of the fight to that point, but his biceps was aching. Ali, who was rated No. 9 by the WBO, is not renowned for his punching power, and his chin has been suspect ever since he was stopped in nine rounds in his previous shot at a world title, against Jessie Vargas on March 5, 2016, in Washington, D.C., with the vacant WBO welterweight belt on the line. Sometimes the burglars sneak up incrementally, taking advantage of an older fighter's loss of reaction time that can be measured in tenths, if not hundredths, of seconds. Sadam won the fight.

29-year-old Ali is unconcerned about having to move up to super-welterweight for the fight having regularly operated at welterweight and is ready to crash the Cotto party as he looks to make a name for himself.

Acosta had Alejo, 33, of Mexico, in trouble throughout the later rounds.

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