Ali defeats Cotto, wins WBO junior middleweight crown

Ali defeats Cotto, wins WBO junior middleweight crown

Ali defeats Cotto, wins WBO junior middleweight crown

He pressed the action, or attempted to, most of the way, and punch statistics furnished by CompuBox (a useful but frequently inconclusive way of judging what takes place in the ring) revealed that he had outlanded 29-year-old challenger Sadam Ali (26-1, 14 KOs) both in terms of volume (163 to 139) and connect percentage (30 percent to 21 percent).

Post fight Miguel Cotto would go on to say that he picked up a bicep injury in round seven of the contest, but reaffirmed that this would be his last fight and looks forward to spending more time at home with his family.

Sadam Ali, right, scored a surprising unanimous decision win over Miguel Cotto on Saturday night, in what Cotto has said would be his final fight. Ali did it despite being the less-popular fighter only miles from his borough; Cotto has made Madison Square Garden (MSG) a second home, but fell to 8-2 in the arena. Even had Cotto managed to win a controversial decision (two judges had Ali winning by 115-113, the third by 116-112) or get a consolation draw, it was plain to see that this was not the vintage model who five years hence will be a first-ballot inductee into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

"Feeling good. Feeling good with the performance", Cotto said. I don't want to make excuses. "But this is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I took the challenge against a legend", Ali said.

In the second round, Ali appeared to stagger Cotto momentarily with an overhand right. "They could have taken an easier fight if they wanted to". The 10th round brought out another of Ali's finest rounds as he shocked Cotto with a lunging left hook that backed him up and continued to apply an assault with no response from Cotto. "I knew I had to do something, or he would have dug in". Or maybe Ali did the right thing, preferring to dominate the fight and not get greedy against a hard-hitting veteran? Cotto charged as Ali recovered at the ropes, but it looked as if the fight had turned. After a close ninth, Ali was in control in the 10th.

The Garden had a familiar ring for Cotto. Sure, he lost a handful of other bouts, but they were against such prime competition as Canelo Alvarez, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. I have been training since I was eight years old, and I am glad I got this win at MSG, in my hometown. Ali won a unanimous decision to take his junior middleweight world title in a major upset.

The 27-year-old from Puerto Rico was back fighting for the first time since his first loss. Sadam won the fight.

"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".

Acosta had Alejo, 33, of Mexico, in trouble throughout the later rounds.

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