Ali Expects Critics to Discredit His Win Because Miguel Cotto is 'Old'

Beth Cruz
December 4, 2017

Victory for Ali over Cotto was a case of second time lucky in world title fights after previously challenging for world honours at welterweight. "I want to be happy in my home and enjoy my 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.

The 37-year-old suffered injury to his left bicep during the seventh round at Madison Square Garden, and there after struggled to have any further influence on the bout.

After twelve rounds of boxing the judges went with Ali via unanimous decision with scores of 115-113×2 & 116-112 to cause the upset victory much to the shock of the Madison Square Garden Arena.

"I am feeling good with the performance", the always classy Cotto, as dignified in disappointment as he always had been gracious in victory, said in reaffirming his intention to enter retirement and enjoy the remainder of his life with his lovely wife Melissa and the couple's two children.

"Something happened to my left biceps but I don't want to make excuses, Sadam won the fight. But this is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I took the challenge against a legend", Ali said.

Ali rocked Cotto with a right in the second, but the Puerto Rican veteran held on and gained the upper hand in the middle rounds, doing damage with his left hook and catching Ali with a punishing right to the head in the sixth. "They could have taken an easier fight".

"I had him hurt here or there in the first couple of rounds", Ali said.

Ali added: "Good things happen to good people". Ali repeated the feat in the third round also this time from a left hand, rocking Cotto once again as Ali's confidence grew. With Ali widely viewed as a designated victim, that might have contributed to Cotto's farewell fight playing to more empty seats than he has been accustomed to in a city that has more residents of Puerto Rican descent than San Juan. I have been training since I was eight years old, and I am glad I got this win at MSG, in my hometown. Had he dominated Ali, one could imagine him perhaps getting the itch to take on a Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin, which was the initial plan.

Cotto, meanwhile, leaves boxing with a legacy that can't be tarnished by this loss. Yet, it was Vargas who looked the worse when they left the ring.

29-year-old Ali is unconcerned about having to move up to super-welterweight for the fight having regularly operated at welterweight and is ready to crash the Cotto party as he looks to make a name for himself. Alejo went down. And it was over at 1:33 of the 10th round. Sadam won the fight.

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

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