Miguel Cotto vs Sadam Ali

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Miguel Cotto vs Sadam Ali
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Date: 
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Location: 
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
154
Titles at Stake: 
WBO Light Middleweight World Title
Referee: 
Charlie Fitch

Official Judging
Julie Lederman 113 - 115
Steve Weisfeld 113 - 115
Mark Marlinski 112 - 116

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Boxing legend, Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto, at 37, has what he declares his final career fight, the fight takes place at Madison Square Garden, a venue which Miguel Cotto has fought at time and time again, throughout his career. Cotto competes as the defending WBO light middleweight champion, taking on home fighter, but not crowd favourite, Sadam Ali, an underdog, a a fighter who is new to the division.

The fight is cautious at the start, as Cotto tries to find the right range, Ali, aiming to be illusive, land from the outside. Suddenly, in round 2, to the shock of everyone in the Arena, Ali rocks Cotto with a huge right hand. Cotto takes time to regain his legs, as Ali is on the offensive, but unable to put Cotto on the floor, a slip from Ali buys Cotto some seconds, which helps, and the veteran, using his experience, and seeming to have recovered at the end of the round.

Cotto is the aggressor in round 3, Ali certainly doesn't manage to produce the power he did in the previous round, but still, he lands the with the cleaner work, and lands more punches. Ali, again, to everyone's shock, hurts Cotto again, Cotto, not in the level of trouble he was in, a couple of rounds earlier, but still in bother.

Cotto seems to regroup, improve, as he gets behind his jab, applies more pressure, still, unable to hurt Ali, unable to evade Ali's shots very often, but he outworks his opponent in round 5. Round 6 is a good round for Cotto, as he presses forward, lands some meaningful punches, Ali, seeming a little bit disorganised.

Cotto seems to be closing the margin, as he wins consecutive rounds, lands the better punches. It looks like, after Cotto was in terrible trouble early in the fight, he has come through the mini crisis, and is pulling back the fight in his favour. Cotto continues his good work in round 8, though Ali is far from finsihed, as he lands 2 stand out punches, one of which, an accurate left uppercut at the end of the round.

With the fight, maybe, in the balance, though it seems Cotto is in the driving seat, it is Ali who is able swing the fight in his favour, as he is the one to produce the quality work. Cotto tries to stop Ali stealing the late rounds, but struggles to land any really hurtful punches, and finds himself on the end of some good shots, from the faster fighter, and Cotto, looking the more fatuigued of the two fighters.

Ali sustains his intelligent, consistent boxing through a tough 11th for Cotto, who seems to have had the fight physically knocked out of him. Cotto presses forward in the last round, as the aggressor, knowing he needs the knock out. Cotto has some success, is relentless, emptying his gas tank, but his still out landed, and finds less accuracy.

Cotto is dejected, as are his fans, family, his team as well, Ali and co, are nervous, unsure of the judges, but seemingly very confident, that all being fair, they should get the verdict. The judges, quite rightly, declare Ali the winner, two, having it close, the other, scoring it as a comfortable win for the underdog. Sadam Ali pulls out a great upset, defeats a legend, and becomes a world champion. Miguel Cotto is gracious in defeat, has a great career full of great achievements to look back on, but is advised by very few people to fight again.

Steve Bunce: 116-112 Cotto
Harold Lederman: 115-113 Ali
SportingNews: 116-112 Cotto
Bad Left Hook: 115-113 Ali
Fightful: 115-113 Ali




Averaged Fan Card:

round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Miguel Cotto
                                                                    
9.45
9.09
9.36
9.09
9.81
10
10
9.72
9.09
9
9
9.18
Sadam Ali
                                                                    
9.54
9.90
9.63
9.90
9.18
9
9
9.27
9.90
10
10
9.81


Fan Cards: Miguel Cotto vs Sadam Ali


scorecard by ZAC.RJ
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
112
SADAM ALI
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
116


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
113
SADAM ALI
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
115


scorecard by RUET
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
10
113
SADAM ALI
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
9
115


scorecard by KMSCR83
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
113
SADAM ALI
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
115


scorecard by THEALTERPLACE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
116
SADAM ALI
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
112


scorecard by MIKE25
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
113
SADAM ALI
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
115


scorecard by FLOYD TOUGH COMPETITOR MAYWEATHER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
113
SADAM ALI
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
115


scorecard by RUTHLESS-RKO
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
113
SADAM ALI
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
115


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
111
SADAM ALI
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
117


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
112
SADAM ALI
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
116


scorecard by BLOODMONEY80
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIGUEL COTTO
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
10
112
SADAM ALI
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
9
116


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

I like this match up, Miguel Cotto needs an opponent he is very confident of beating without too much trouble, for his final fight. Sadam Ali, well he's only ever lost to Jessie Vargas, is coming off, I believe 3 wins in a row, he's not an undeserving opponent, I think he'll make it it quite competitive, I certainly think he'll come to fight.

I think for Cotto, this is about retiring on a good note, he says this is his last one, and I believe him, I hope it is, because I don't want to see him fight a guy he could have beaten comfortably on points or stopped 10 years ago, and get brutally battered towards the referee's decision to stop the fight, it would be really sad to see for all the Miguel Cotto fans out there. I hope Cotto is doing OK for money, steady, at the very least, and he is in a good place, happy with his career, because man, he has achieved a lot, he did great against Saul Alvarez in 2015, but I think really, that might have been a good time to have walked away from the sport, but he did great, and that followed fantastic performance after fantastic performance, fan friendly fight, after fan friendly fight. Cotto is and always has been a very popular fighter, so there will be a lot of people who are sad to see him step aside from the sport, after this fight, it is definitely the right move though, because he's only going to get worse, and put himself in more danger the longer he goes on for, so I hope to see him retire after this fight, but to say the least, he can leave profession of the inside of the ropes, with his head held high, and very proud of himself for all he had achieved. I think Miguel Cotto is a very smart man, he'd be a great trainer, he could be a great promoter as well, maybe a commentator as well, this might be his last fight, but I highly doubt this will be his last night he is involved in world level boxing.

This could be the biggest opportunity of Sadam Ali's career, I think it will be, I'm sure he will make the most of it, bring his A-game to the fight, and try his absolute best to win. Ali doesn't have a great deal to lose I don't think, but a huge amount to gain, and if ever you do want to fight Miguel Cotto, now is the time to do it, nice and late, when he's 37, when there plenty of miles on the clock, when Cotto is slower and less resistant to punches than he once was, I don't think Ali has enough to beat even an old Cotto, but he has more of a chance. Ali, I hope for his sake, knows how dangerous a fighter Cotto is, he carries massive power in both hands, natural, particular power, so Cotto, is has always been very dangerous, he is still is I think, so if Ali gets tagged clean, he's in trouble, I think Ali should aim to make Cotto miss, so give himself something to think about, not let Cotto take rests either, do what Kamegai couldn't, but to say that and to do it are two completely different things. I wish Ali the best of luck here, there is no shame in losing to Miguel Cotto, unless he he is at least 50, I would say, even then, he'd be no bum, so if Ali looses, no shame, he'll be without nothing he has now, before the fight, certainly not reputation wise, it might one more doors for him opportunity wise if he over performs, but if he was to pull out the upset here, what a win that would be for Sadam Ali, massive upset!, I highly doubt it, but nothing is impossible.

I think Miguel Cotto will win this fight, and get the stoppage. I think Ali will be strong in the early rounds, for the first 3, I think he'll out work Cotto, come forward, try to make Cotto work harder than expected, try to drag the older fighter into deep waters in the early stages, but I think in every round, Cotto will land with more power, and more accuracy. I think the power of Cotto will take a toll on Ali after 3-4 long, positive, high action rounds, and at this point, Cotto will take over. I think Cotto will put it on Ali in rounds 4 and 5, unloading with hard shots to both head and body, taking a lot out of Ali, as he really punishes his opponent. I think Cotto will be on a great run after 6 rounds, as he manages drop Ali, once with a head shot, once with a body shot, and stop him with vicious array of punches, as a defenceless Ali takes a brutal beating. I think the scorecards at the time of stoppage will be, 58-56, 59-55, 59-55.

Champion97's picture

What an upset!
Incredible win for Sadam Ali, he boxed very well indeed.
Miguel Cotto must retire now, I think this was one fight too many, you could see it, at 37 years of age, his punch resistance wasn't there, he lokked slow, his reactions were delayed, his agility, his gas tank was more limited, he isn't the fighter he once was.
I thought Cotto was really going in round 2, he did well to use his knowledge, experience, and recover from that, and Ali, you could say, did the wrong thing by relenting, maybe he had a little bit too much respect for his opponent, but I thought he balanced out aggression, and patience, quite well. Cotto looked like his experience was serving him well in the middle rounds, the jab was good, the body shots, he was making Ali work, fighting his sort of fight, but the younger fighter came on strong after 8 rounds, and took over again, he landed with the clean shots, he landed with the more velocity, and he pulled out a decisive win.
Cotto knew he lost this fight, and Ali and his team knew they won, it was a clear win for Ali, the judges were spot on, not a lopsided fight, Cotto won 4/5 rounds, but there was a clear winner, and that wasn't Miguel Cotto.
I hope we see Sadam Ali against Liam Smith next year, great match up that, it would be tough to make a prediction.

Champion97's picture

He may have lost this fight, but he tried his best, and after all he has achieved in his career, all the great fights he has been part of, all the heart, guts he has shown in the ring, he is a boxing legend, and we can certainly say, thank you Mr Cotto.

I do think that this is another example of why you can't overlook age as a serious deal breaker in boxing, no fighter, at 37, is nearly as good as they were when they were 26-30, no way, it is science, people like to be stubborn, stick to what seems likely in their mind, but as we saw here, Cotto has dipped, badly, as all fighters do, with age, a natural disadvantage. I think Ali is underrated, but I certainly don't think he would come close to beating a prime Miguel Cotto. One thing that has to be said, is that Andre Rozier is a fine trainer, this year, he has guided two underdogs to do really well against two fighters with big names, in world title fights, major fights as well, on this occasion, his fighter won, and on the previous occasion, his fighter was just edged out, narrowly, by a previously under challenged champion, great achievements for him as a trainer.