Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Sadam Ali Shakes Up, Outclasses Miguel Cotto in NY

Sadam Ali Shakes Up, Outclasses Miguel Cotto in NY

Puerto Rican boxing legend Miguel Cotto will make his final walk to the boxing ring on Saturday night, when he takes on Sadam Ali to defend his WBO junior middleweight title on HBO World Championship Boxing.

So distant an afterthought was Ali entering Saturday's fight that he scarcely warranted a mention on the poster advertising the bout.

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

"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 then turned the tables on Cotto in the 4th, landing overhand right hooks that stopped Cotto in his tracks and building his confidence.

Cotto rallied back valiantly in the middle rounds, mostly behind an educated jab that kept his opponent tentative.

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 added: "Thank you for all the fans".

"Thank you for supporting me at every opportunity", Cotto told his fans. I knew I had to do something, or he would have dug in. "Feeling good with the performance". "Something happened to my left biceps but I don't want to make excuses, Sadam won the fight".

Arturo Gatti, also a stoppage loser in three of his last four fights, and also a victor over precisely no one whose credentials leap off the page - was also enshrined the second he became eligible. "I want to be happy in my home and enjoy my family". He hurt his left arm in the seventh round in losing by scores of 115-113, 115-113, and 116-112. What comes next is unclear, but it was the last of the Brooklynite's concerns in the afterglow of unexpected triumph.

"Whatever [Golden Boy Promotions] has next, I'll take it". "I have been training since I was 8 years old, and I am glad I got this win at MSG, in my hometown". I had the opportunity to provide the best for my family because of the sport, ” was Cottos farewell acknowledgement at The Mecca of Boxing. A six-time world champion in four different weight divisions has put away some of the biggest names of his era and fallen to them too.

Vargas easily won all the judges' scorecards, using a significant reach advantage for scores of 119-109, 119-109, and 120-108.

"I am glad that we got the win, and I continue being unbeaten with my belt", Vargas said. But then he got in a Japan ring with WBO junior flyweight champ Kosei Tanaka back in May, and Acosta came out on the wrong end of a 12-round decision.

In the sixth round, Ali's right eye began to swell from eating an assortment of Cotto left hooks. The popular fighter from Caguas, Puerto Rico, has called New York City his second home and The Mecca of Boxing as his primary boxing residence.

And even Terry Norris, whose most remembered feat remains a 12-round whitewash of a past-vintage Sugar Ray Leonard, was given a plaque in 2005 - seven years after ending with a three-fight skid.

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