Ali defeats Cotto, wins WBO junior middleweight crown
04 December, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Edward Fernandez
In his announced farewell fight, and before a raucously pro-Cotto crowd of 12,391 that desperately wanted him to step away on a high note, the six-time world titlist in four weight classes appeared reasonably mobile for a 37-year-old veteran with 16 years of hard labor in the professional ranks.
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 unsafe opponent. "I want to be happy in my home and enjoy my family".
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.
After four brilliant rounds, Ali curiously took his foot off the gas, allowing Cotto to climb back into the fight.
"I want to thank Team Cotto for giving me this opportunity", Ali said.
Instead of an easy win over big underdog Sadam Ali, Cotto was nowhere near his best in what he said would be his final fight.
"I am proud to call MSG my second home". "I had the opportunity to provide the best for my family because of the sport". Ali wobbled Cotto in the 2nd with a stunning straight right but seconds later went down via a slip to kill any momentum he may have had.
"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". Ali turned in strong rounds in the ninth, 10th and 11th, looking more aggressive and fresher than Cotto. I know how great I am and, moving forward, I know I'm gonna prove more.
Cotto continued to apply pressure in the seventh, but said that "something happened" to his left biceps in the round.
Pre-fight many within the industry were critical of this fight, stating it would be nothing but routine for Cotto.
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).
In the sixth, Ali got knocked back by a Cotto right to the jaw.
The Garden had a familiar ring for Cotto.
"I've been fighting since I was eight years old, and I've been in big arenas". Sure, he lost a handful of other bouts, but they were against such prime competition as Canelo Alvarez, FloydMayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. The thing is, Cotto is not the fighter he once was. 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. Ali won a unanimous decision to take his junior middleweight world title in a major upset.
"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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