Sadam Ali Beats Miguel Cotto via Unanimous Decision in Junito's Final Fight

Miguel Cotto

Miguel Cotto

Sadam Ali spoiled Miguel Cotto's retirement party tonight, outclassing one of boxing's modern icons by Unanimous Decision at Madison Square Garden, New York.

Ali (26-1, 14 KOs) had been largely outclassed in his lone previous title shot, a ninth-round TKO loss to Jessie Vargas for a vacant welterweight strap a year ago, leaving many pessimistic about his chances on Saturday against one of the finest champions of his era and the third-biggest star after Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

After 12 rounds the judges scored the fight 115-113, 115-113, and 116-112 to Ali.

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. The 12th round saw a reemergence for Cotto which may have saved the day given how close some of the rounds had been.

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"Feeling good with the performance", Cotto said. You know, because 'he's on his way out, he's old.' They're gonna say, 'Oh, he didn't look as good as he usually would.' I'm expecting that, but that's not gonna bother me. I took advantage of this fight, and I made sure to make it count.

It wasn't to be a win in the end for Cotto on his final fight of his career, whom succumbed to a points loss to Sadam Ali but like he always did - Cotto fought with his heart on his sleeve and entertained the fans.

While Cotto double- and triple-jabbed to get inside, Ali stood his ground and fired back, catching Cotto with surprisingly clean punches during the early rounds.

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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Ali's hand speed proved troublesome for Cotto. He had the momentum and was trying to finish strong in a fight that tightened up significantly in the second half.

"Whatever [Golden Boy Promotions] has next, I'll take it".

Cotto continued to apply pressure in the seventh, but said that "something happened" to his left biceps in the round. I have been training since I was eight years old, and I am glad I got this win at MSG, in my hometown.

Cotto was not very nostalgic after the fight but thanked his loyal fans. "But this is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I took the challenge against a legend", Ali said. Miguel made the MSG his second home with many of his world title fights at the venue.

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After the fight, the crowd lingered for a video presentation of Cotto's career highlights on the JumboTron.

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