Miguel Cotto steps into the ring one remaining time to tackle Sadam Ali on Saturday evening, and Sporting Information has all the outcomes beneath.
An important yr within the combat recreation is coming to an in depth, however not earlier than writing one in every of its most bittersweet chapters.
To be a Puerto Rican boxer means rather a lot — there’s been no scarcity of nice fighters hailing from “La Isla del Encanto.” Hector “Macho” Camacho, Felix “Tito” Trinidad and Wilfred Benitez (to call just a few) have been idolized in Puerto Rico and immortalized within the halls of the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame. We might see Cotto sharing the identical title as soon as he is eligible.
In spite of everything, Cotto has nothing left to show. He is 41-5 with 33 knockouts. He confronted just one three fighters with dropping data in his profession — and people fights got here throughout the first 5 fights of his professional profession. He is by no means dodged an opponent.
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Cotto has mentioned his resolution to hold up the gloves is especially on account of spending extra time together with his household. Contemplating Cotto has achieved the whole lot there may be to do in a boxing ring — 4 division world champ, dropping solely to one of the best of one of the best in his profession — who can blame him?
He has only one remaining opponent in entrance of him earlier than he can retire to the sounds of crowd cheering and a remaining bell, and that is the 25-1 Sadam Ali. That is the largest combat in Ali’s profession, each in high quality of opponent and stakes. The thought of sending a legendary fighter out on his again might be an extremely attractive concept.
It will not be a straightforward feat, however stranger issues have occurred in boxing.
(All occasions Jap.)
Cotto vs. Ali outcomes
Miguel Cotto vs. Sadam Ali
11:57 p.m. Spherical 10 to Ali (10-9, 7-Three Cotto): Ali landed an enormous left hook, harm Cotto. He is rather more energetic. Spherical 9 might have gone to Ali, too, however it is a shut combat. Cotto seems drained and gradual in these rounds.
11:52 p.m. Spherical 9 to Cotto (10-9, 7-2 Cotto): Ali was throwing rather a lot, however Cotto was bobbing, weaving and avoiding most. He threw just a few and landed just a few, however a fairly empty spherical. It was on the desk by the final 30 seconds or so.
11:49 p.m. Spherical eight to Ali (10-9, 6-2 Cotto): Ali did good work on this spherical. He harm Cotto once more and could not capitalize.
11:45 p.m. Spherical 7 to Cotto (10-9, 6-1 Cotto): Harold Lederman had the bout Four-2 by six rounds. Cotto is pushing Ali again, the left hook is beginning to discover a residence and Ali’s guard is beginning to break now.
11:41 p.m. Spherical 6 to Cotto (10-9, 5-1 Cotto): It is a shut combat, however Cotto is successful rounds. He got here alive with about 45 seconds left within the body, hitting Ali with a proper hand that knocked him again a bit. He pinned Ali to the ropes just a few occasions, and hit some physique pictures.
11:37 p.m. Spherical 5 to Cotto (10-9, Four-1 Cotto): Cotto doing a little physique work and lands a left hook to the physique. Ali has achieved a very good job to keep away from it up to now, however Cotto received the spherical in the long run.
11:32 p.m. Spherical Four to Cotto (10-9, Three-1 Cotto): Cotto was wobbled for a second, but it surely seems like Cotto is coming round together with his footwork now. One other shut spherical — Cotto was out-landed within the spherical, 13-9.
11:29 p.m. Spherical Three to Cotto (10-9, 2-1 Cotto): It was an in depth spherical, however Cotto did sufficient work out the skin in to win it. He was making an attempt to land the left hook to the physique, but it surely hasn’t discovered a house simply but.
.@RealMiguelCotto lands a tough proper Spherical Three. #CottoAli pic.twitter.com/xJLgXYvmkZ— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) December Three, 2017
11:24 p.m. Spherical 2 to Cotto (10-9, 1-1 all): Cotto ate a stiff punch that appeared to have rocked him, however maybe Cotto was making an attempt to bait Ali into opening himself as much as commerce. Ali went down, but it surely was dominated a slip. Excessive drama.
11:21 p.m. Spherical 1 to Ali (10-9, 1-Zero Ali): Good spherical, Ali threw slightly extra, Cotto went to the physique some, however have not seen the left hook but.
11:18 p.m.: Pleasant reminder: Spherical-by-round scoring ensues right here. Count on an replace per spherical.
11:14 p.m: All issues thought-about, you simply hope Cotto would not have a foot out the door and would not idiot round on this combat.
11:03 p.m.: No nonsense from the playing cards right here. 119-109 twice and 120-108 as soon as. Whew. Onto the Cotto bout.
After 12 rounds of #VargasNegrete, Rey Vargas defeats Oscar Negrete by a large unanimous resolution to retain his world title. #CottoAli pic.twitter.com/eY20BXlZ5q— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) December Three, 2017
Rey Vargas defeats Oscar Negrete by way of unanimous resolution
11:01 p.m.: That was a enjoyable combat. Vargas dominated however Negrete confirmed a ton of coronary heart to get on the market and proceed to simply accept the punishment. Undecided the way you beat a 5-10 junior featherweight, although.
10:56 p.m.: Negrete is a tricky dude. He took actually nasty physique pictures within the tenth and 11th rounds, and he is heading on the market for Spherical 12.
10:48 p.m.: Heading to the tenth now, and it is nonetheless Vargas’ combat. He is minimize above each eyes (each cuts brought on by headbutts) and Negrete retains coming ahead. It is simply not sufficient to negate Vargas’ work.
10:43 p.m.: Now Vargas has a minimize over his left eye, and each cuts are bleeding closely. Negrete sees the blood and is basically dashing ahead now.
10:40 p.m.: Fairly entertaining Spherical 7, but it surely’s nonetheless Vargas on this combat.
10:33 p.m.: Vargas is minimize simply over the best eye however would not appear bothered by it. Negrete nonetheless coming ahead.
Negrete is effectively behind on Harold Lederman’s card, however lands a tough proper in Spherical 6. #VargasNegrete #CottoAli pic.twitter.com/1z8RBAMSrC— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) December Three, 2017
10:27 p.m.: Negrete hasn’t backed down from Vargas, however that is Vargas’ combat by 4 rounds.
10:21 p.m.: Top benefit for Vargas is basically coming into play and he is utilizing the space effectively.
10:16 p.m.: After one spherical, Vargas is taking it to Negrete. He is busier and dealing the physique effectively.
10:11 p.m.: Vargas has has a 6-inch peak benefit right here, a battle of undefeated fighters.
10:06 p.m.: First up, Vargas vs. Negrete.
.@RealMiguelCotto making remaining preparations for #CottoAli. #TheLastOne pic.twitter.com/YbPMXq9p3u— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) December Three, 2017
10:00 p.m.: Girls and gents… Iiiiiitt’s showtiiiime!
Wait, that is not proper…
9:40 p.m.: 20 minutes till opening bell for tonight’s bouts. Order the pizzas, purchase the beers, sit again and calm down.
9:05 p.m.: We’re lower than an hour away from witnessing the swan tune of boxing nice Miguel Cotto. I’m Joe Rivera, your celebration host, and yow will discover me on Twitter @JoeRiveraSN.
#LastStandForALegend @RealMiguelCotto enters the ring one remaining time TONIGHT! @HBOboxing telecast begins at 10PM! pic.twitter.com/AOCrDAXvxD— Patrick Byrne (@PatrickSportsTV) December 2, 2017
eight:56 p.m.: Miguel Cotto taking it in from ringside for the undercard. Wow.
.@RealMiguelCotto sitting ringside for the #CottoAli undercards! #LEGEND pic.twitter.com/dS94h2NHF8— Golden Boy Boxing (@GoldenBoyBoxing) December Three, 2017
eight:37 p.m.: Just a little little bit of a backhanded praise from GGG.
@RealMiguelCotto , good luck in your final combat my buddy, too dangerous we by no means fought if you had the WBC 160 Pound title. pic.twitter.com/WbHBqNjOXN— Gennady Golovkin (@GGGBoxing) December 2, 2017
7:50 p.m.: A.C. Slater affords help for Cotto.
Felicidades @RealMiguelACotto!@GoldenBoyBoxing @HBOboxing @OscarDeLaHoya pic.twitter.com/0rnjwro87I— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) December Three, 2017
7:30 p.m.: There could not be a extra becoming venue for the final combat of Miguel Cotto’s profession.
Calm earlier than the storm. #CottoAli #TheLastOne pic.twitter.com/UtyVoNY8CQ— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) December 2, 2017
6:45 p.m.: Prepare, everybody. Tonight will would be the final time we see this great thing about a punch.
“The say do not fall in love with a fighter, however how might you not fall in love with @realmiguelacotto’s expertise.” Check out Cotto’s signature ability — the left hand to the body– on this clip from Miguel Cotto: A Retrospective. #CottoAli pic.twitter.com/QDDCwvS74J— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) November 28, 2017
Cotto vs. Ali card
Miguel Cotto (c) vs. Sadam Ali for the WBO junior middleweight title Rey Vargas (c) vs. Oscar Negrete for the WBC junior featherweight title Angel Acosta vs. Juan Alejo for vacant interim WBO junior flyweight title