HBO Commentator Gives Emotional Tribute After Cotto's Final Fight

HBO Commentator Gives Emotional Tribute After Cotto's Final Fight

Ali seized the World Boxing Organisation light middleweight world title the Puerto Rican won in August with an undisputed decision over Japan's Yoshihiro Kamegai.

Miguel Cotto, who began boxing as an 11-year-old to lose weight, said farewell on Saturday night, closing out a glorious 17-year career, but not how most expected.

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.

It wasn't to be a win in the end for Cotto on his final fight of his career, whom succumbed to a points loss to Sadam Ali but like he always did - Cotto fought with his heart on his sleeve and entertained the fans.

After a back-and-forth battle that saw both fighters hurt, Ali got the nod from all three judges by scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112.

"I want to thank Team Cotto for giving me this opportunity", Ali said. I don't want to make excuses, Sadam won the fight. Miguel made the MSG his second home with many of his world title fights at the venue. "I had the opportunity to provide the best for my family because of the sport".

In the second round, Ali appeared to stagger Cotto momentarily with an overhand right. "They could have taken an easier fight".

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Cotto suffered a torn left biceps just after the midway mark of the 12-round bout, but Ali hurt him twice before Cotto was injured.

Cotto continued to apply pressure in the seventh, but said that "something happened" to his left biceps in the round. Cotto was heavily favored, despite their age gap, because Ali, 29, moved up from welterweight to super welterweight to challenge him and Ali had been stopped by former WBO welterweight champ Jessie Vargas (27-2, 10 KOs), who's not known as a puncher. "I've learned a lot since my last fight for a world title against Tanaka, and this fight proves that I learned and fixed all I needed to win a world championship". I have been training since I was eight years old, and I am glad I got this win at MSG, in my hometown.

Willing to fight the best.

Mexican super-bantamweight talent Rey Vargas will also defend his WBC crown against Colombia's undefeated Oscar Negrete on the card, with BoxNation on air from 2am this Saturday night. Ali said. "I took advantage of this fight, and I made sure to make it count".

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

"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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