Sadam Ali spoiled Miguel Cotto’s farewell fight by pulling off a unanimous decision win over the Puerto Rican legend.
It was not the storybook ending that Miguel Cotto had hoped for.
Cotto was a massive favorite (more than -1000 on some betting sites) to beat Sadam Ali and end his career having successfully defended his WBO junior middleweight title. Ali had never fought at 154 pounds before, and his one title shot at welterweight saw him get knocked out by Jessie Vargas. Ali wasn’t among the top choices to face Cotto, but he was the man ultimately selected to face the Puerto Rican great in the final fight of his career.
In front of a pro-Cotto crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York, Ali pulled off the upset win by unanimous decision (115-113, 116-112, 115-113), badly hurting Cotto in round 2 and also in round 4. Cotto fought back and stunned Ali in the sixth round, and had taken the lead on the scorecards after eight rounds. Unfortunately, Cotto tore his bicep in the 7th, and Ali stormed back to take the last four rounds, and the decision.
Cotto confirmed in the post-fight interview that his bicep was injured, and he was transported to the hospital in lieu of going to the press conference.
“Something happened to my left bicep, seventh round,” Cotto said. “I don’t want to make excuses. Sadam won the fight. It is my last fight. I am good, and I want to be happy in my home with my family.”
Miguel Cotto retires with a record of 41-6 (33 KOs), championship titles in four weight classes, and many memorable fights to savor over his sixteen-year career.
You can watch highlights of Ali’s win over Cotto at the top of the page.
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