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Sadam Ali upsets Miguel Cotto to win WBO 154 pound title

Sadam Ali upsets Miguel Cotto to win WBO 154 pound title

By James Bell

@boxingsource2

Madison Square Garden was supposed to be a swan song of sorts for one of the most popular and decorated boxers of the modern era, but someone ended up spoiling it…

Miguel Cotto lost the WBO super welterweight championship to Sadam Ali by decision in what is to be his final fight of his professional career. The scores were 116-112, 115-113, and 115-113 all for Ali who was fighting at the 154 pound division for the first time of his career. The crowd that attended were siding with Cotto, but the performance that he gave was not enough to get him the win over Ali. After the fight, Cotto was happy with his effort but mentioned that he was struggling midway through it.

“Something happened to my left bicep, seventh round. I don’t want to make excuses. Sadam won the fight.” Cotto said. “It is my last fight. I am good, and I want to be happy in my home with my family.”

He ends his career with 41 wins and 6 losses, and a run where he had world titles in four weight classes. He’s had big matchups against the likes of Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, Manny Pacquiao, Zab Judah, Sergio Martinez, Austin Trout, Canelo Alvarez, and Floyd Mayweather. He will be a first ballot Hall of Famer and may go down as one of the best in the modern era.

For Sadam Ali, he moves forward with a 26-1 record and has a world title in a deep division. It will be interesting to see what is in the future for him as the WBO champion, as there are very good contenders in the weight class and champions that are elite. Ali will wait it out to see what is next for him.

“Whatever [Golden Boy Promotions] has next, I’ll take it.”

(Photo by Anthony J. Causi/AP)

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Sadam Ali upsets Miguel Cotto to win WBO 154 pound title

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