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

Rachel Hardy
December 4, 2017

Ali, a so-called 13-1 underdog with some oddsmakers prior to the bell, won on scores of 115-113, 116-112 and 115-113, capturing Cotto's WBO Junior Middleweight title in the process.

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. "I would have to say my whole career has been fantastic for me", said Cotto.

Cotto's career ends with 41 wins and six defeats.

Others, Ali suspects, still won't respect his upset victory over Miguel Cotto on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

Judges scored the fight 115-113, 115-113, 116-112 in favour of 29-year-old Ali, who is from NY.

"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 attractive wife Melissa and the couple's two children. I don't want to make excuses, Sadam won the fight.

"Thank you for supporting me at every opportunity", Cotto told his fans.

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

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.

"Good things happen to good people", Ali said, meaning himself, but he could have been speaking about Cotto, a fighter he has long admired, as well. The 3rd brought back and forth action from both fighters leading to intelligent exchanges and a more dominant Cotto round. After seemingly winning a close ninth round, Ali had more success in the 10th round, catching a tiring Cotto along the ropes with a left hook and then a right hand.

Cotto had received a thunderous ovation when he entered the ring, and they were chanting his name as he left, proud but defeated. His hand speed and movement around the ring made him formidable last Saturday night. "I have been training since I was 8 years old, and I am glad I got this win at MSG, in my hometown". 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.

The 27-year-old from Puerto Rico was back fighting for the first time since his first loss. He fought gamely, trying his best to apply pressure and bore his way in with compact power shots, and did make this a competitive farewell encounter, even rocking Ali with a straight right in the 6th.

Acosta had Alejo, 33, of Mexico, in trouble throughout the later rounds. Sadam won the fight. "But I didn't want to get over myself and get caught with a shot".

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