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

Tricia Pearson
December 4, 2017

He went on to win six world titles - most recently a vacant 154-pound belt on August 26 against Yoshihiro Kamegai that Cotto was defending for the first time on Saturday - in four weight divisions: junior welterweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight. "I would have to say my whole career has been unbelievable for me", said Cotto.

Ali is a natural welterweight but took the opportunity to fight Cotto at 154 pounds because it would mean facing a legend and fighting for another world title giving him the opportunity to become a world champion for the first time in his career. But Ali really came on strong in the second half of the fight, after Cotto said he hurt his left biceps in the seventh round.

"Feeling good. Feeling good with the performance", Cotto said.

"I don't want to make excuses", he said. Miguel made the MSG his second home with many of his world title fights at the venue. "I had the opportunity to provide the best for my family because of the sport".

Ali rocked Cotto with a right in the second, but the Puerto Rican veteran held on and gained the upper hand in the middle rounds, doing damage with his left hook and catching Ali with a punishing right to the head in the sixth. "They could have taken an easier fight if they wanted to". I had him hurt here or there in the first couple of rounds.

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"I knew I had to do something, or he would have dug in", said Ali, who improved to 26-1 with 14 knockouts.

Sadam Ali, the new WBA title holder, had this to say about his illustrious opponent. Cotto charged as Ali recovered at the ropes, but it looked as if the fight had turned. Ali repeated the feat in the third round also this time from a left hand, rocking Cotto once again as Ali's confidence grew.

Is this the last we've seen on Cotto in the ring? Sure, he lost a handful of other bouts, but they were against such prime competition as Canelo Alvarez, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.

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. 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. Alejo went down. And it was over at 1:33 of the 10th round. Sadam Ali didn't read that particular script however, claiming an tight unanimous points verdict after the fight went the championship distance.

"It's taken me five years to get here, and I'm cherishing this moment for me and for Puerto Rico", said Acosta.

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