Ali dethrones Cotto, seizes WBO 154lb title

Sheri Evans
December 4, 2017

He went on to win six world titles - most recently a vacant 154-pound belt on August 26 against Yoshihiro Kamegai that Cotto was defending for the first time on Saturday - in four weight divisions: junior welterweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight.

The 37-year-old Puerto Rican, boxing in his 47th professional contest, was unable to handle the pace set by Brooklyn boxer Ali, who is eight years Cotto's junior. 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.

Ali now buries his March 2016 knockout defeat to Jessie Vargas, improving to 26 wins, 1 defeat, 14 knockouts, while Cotto supposedly bows out from the sport for good, with his decorated career closing with 41 wins, 6 defeats, 33 knockouts.

"I worked hard for it", said Ali, who won by scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113.

"I want to thank team Cotto". I don't want to make excuses, Sadam won the fight. This is the opportunity of a lifetime in Madison Square Garden. "I had the opportunity to provide the best for my family because of the sport". A right hand by Ali staggered Cotto in the second round, as did a left hook in the fourth round. Ali turned in strong rounds in the ninth, 10th and 11th, looking more aggressive and fresher than Cotto.

Sadam Ali, the new WBA title holder, had this to say about his illustrious opponent.

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In his 10 bout in the Garden's main arena or the smaller Theater at MSG, and 13 overall at all venues in the Big Apple, Cotto had become something akin to New York City's house fighter.

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). One thing was certain for the paying customers: Cotto would deliver a good show.

The Garden had a familiar ring for Cotto.

But Vargas, 27, also landed dozens of body blows and rarely allowed the 30-year-old Negrete inside.

Cotto, meanwhile, leaves boxing with a legacy that can't be tarnished by this loss. Sadam Ali didn't read that particular script however, claiming an tight unanimous points verdict after the fight went the championship distance. Frugal with his money and mindful of his health and well-being, he steps away far better off than many champions who only considered the present and were never mindful of the potential pitfalls of the future were they to linger too long in an unforgiving game. Ali said. "I took advantage of this fight, and I made sure to make it count".

"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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