Sadam Ali Shakes Up, Outclasses Miguel Cotto in NY
04 December, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Rachael Silva
The 37-year-old Puerto Rican, boxing in his 47th professional contest, was unable to handle the pace set by Brooklyn boxer Ali, who is eight years Cotto's junior.
"I am good, and I want to be happy in my home with my family", Cotto said.
Cotto fell to 41-6 with 33 wins inside the distance.
After 12 rounds the judges scored the fight 115-113, 115-113, and 116-112 to Ali.
"I want to thank Team Cotto for giving me this opportunity", Ali said.
"Something happened to my left biceps but I don't want to make excuses, Sadam won the fight".
He's taking on Ali at Madison Square Garden in New York City. "I had the opportunity to provide the best for my family because of the sport".
Ali did a fine job, not just outboxing Cotto, but doing the more damage, staggering Cotto with a straight right to the jaw in the 2nd, with a left hook to the temple in the 4th, and with another left hook in the 11th.
Cotto continued to apply pressure in the seventh, but said that "something happened" to his left biceps in the round.
It was Cotto's 10th fight at the famed Manhattan arena. Ali repeated the feat in the third round also this time from a left hand, rocking Cotto once again as Ali's confidence grew.
BOXING legend Miguel Cotto has vowed to go out with a bang as he enters the ring for the final time this Saturday night (December 2).
Cotto's trainer, the great Freddie Roach, believes his fighter would have been up for such a challenge against either man but is now ready to deal with what is in front of him.
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Cotto, meanwhile, leaves boxing with a legacy that can't be tarnished by this loss. "I've learned a lot since my last fight for a world title against Tanaka, and this fight proves that I learned and fixed all I needed to win a world championship". Frugal with his money and mindful of his health and well-being, he steps away far better off than many champions who only considered the present and were never mindful of the potential pitfalls of the future were they to linger too long in an unforgiving game. 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.
"I have the humility to say that I made my share of mistakes", Vargas said, "but I feel that Negrete fought very dirty, and was not a very good boxer".
"It's taken me five years to get here, and I'm cherishing this moment for me and for Puerto Rico", Acosta said.
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