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Image result for miguel cottoIt was a bitter sweet moment this past Saturday night, when we watched a legend put the gloves on one las time.  We expected a show, and Miguel Cotto (41-6, 33 KO’s) delivered.  Sadly, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision to Sadam Ali (26-1, 14 KO’s), but he went out with a bang, and with class.  Miguel reiterated that even with the loss in what was his final fight, he would not return to the ring, he would stay home and focus on his family.  The sure fire hall of famer looked sad to leave the boxing world in his rear view mirror, but he said said over and over that now it is his turn to be there for his family, just as they have stuck by his side throughout his boxing career.

After a feel out first round for both fighters, things started heating up in the second.  Salam Ali hurt Cotto badly with a right hand and had him on wobbly legs.  Later in the round Ali went down on what looked like a knockdown, but was in fact a slip.  Cotto came back strong in the third, outlander Ali, but still looked a bit bothered by Ali’s hand speed.  Back and forth they would go, as again in the 4th, Ali stunned Cotto with a huge left hook, and had him dazed momentarily.  In the 6th, Cotto turned the tables with a huge right hand of his own, and had Ali trapped in the corner.  Ali would escape the round with a brilliant left hook counter, that got Cotto out of his face.

Cotto also had a huge 7th round, but in the 8th, things would start to turn in Ali’s favor.  For some reason, Cotto stopped throwing in the 8th round.  We would later learn that Cotto tore his left bicep, and it sure looked that way after the fight.  The bicep curled up and looked ads if it was in the wrong place on his arm.  Without the left arm at his disposal, Cotto lost his money much, which is his left hook.  In the 10th, Ali hurt Cotto again with a big left hook, and Cotto spent the rest of the round running.  Ali, perhaps feeling a sense of urgency in a close fight, came out guns blazing in the 11th, showing lightning quick combinations.

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In the final round of Cotto’s career, Ali’s speed would prove to be too much against the wounded veteran.  The 12th round was a toss up, and if given to Cotto, the fight would have ended in a draw.  Cotto did outland Ali in the final frame, but Ali landed the more meaningful punches, and just looked better in general.  The final scores were as follows:  Julie Lederman had it 115-113 (Ali), Eric Marlinski had it 116-112 (Ali), and Steve Weisfeld had it 115-113 (Ali).  The final push stats read as follows:  Cotto landed 163 of 536 (30%) while Ali landed 139 f 647 (21%).  The difference in the fight was the power punches.  Ali landed 122 of 373 (33%), while Cotto landed 108 of 322 (34%).  Ali was the busier fighter and he got the nod.  This could have easily been a draw, as the final round was a 50-50 call.  Never the less, the legend went out with a bang, and we thank him for that.  Salam Ali becomes the new WBO Junior Middleweight champion.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tomorrow night, Saturday December 2nd 2017, Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KO’s) will step in to the ring for the last time, as he takes on Sadam Ali (25-1, 14 KO’s) and defends his WBO Junior Middleweight title.  The fight will take place in Cotto’s adopted home for Madison Square Garden in New York NY, and will be live on HBO Boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Rey Vargas (30-0, 22 KO’s) will defend his WBC Super Bantamweight title against Oscar Negrete (17-0, 7 KO’s).  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

MIGUEL COTTO

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-Record:  41 – 5 – 0, 33 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  67″

-Notable Fights

  • Yuri Foreman  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 6/5/10.  (Won WBA Junior Middleweight title)
  • Antonio Margarito #2  —  Win, TKO 10th round (12), 12/3/11.
  • Sergio Martinez  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 6/7/14.  (Won TheRing/WBC Middleweight titles)

 

SADAM ALI

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-Record:  25 – 1 – 0, 14 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  73″

-Notable Fights

  • Luis Abregu  —  Win, TKO 9th round (10), 11/8/14.
  • Jessie Vargas  —  Loss, TKO 9th round (12), 3/5/16.
  • Jorge Silva  —  Win, KO 3rd round (10), 1/28/17.

 

Predictions:

Rey Vargas  —  def  —  Oscar Negrete  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Miguel Cotto  —  def  —  Sadam Ali  —  via  —  TKO 11th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, August 26th 2017, Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KO’s) will make his ring return for possibly the last time as he take on Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KO’s), as the go at it for the vacant WBO Junior Middleweight title.  The fight will take place at the Stub Hub Center in Carson California and will be live on HBO Boxing at 9:30pm ET.  In the co-feature, Ronny Rios (28-1, 13 KO’s) will take on Rey Vargas (29-0, 22 KO’s) with the WBC Super Bantamweight title on the line.  Also on the card, Emilio Sanchez (14-0, 9 KO’s) will take on Danny Flores (15-9-1, 8 KO’s) in an 8 round Super Bantamweight bout.  Here is the breakdown & predictions:

MIGUEL COTTO

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-Record:  40 – 5 – 0, 33 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  67″

-Notable Fights

  • Antonio Margarito  —  Win, TKO 10th round (12), 12/3/11.
  • Floyd Mayweather  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 5/5/12.
  • Sergio Martinez  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 6/7/14.  (Won WBC/TheRing Middleweight titles)

 

YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI

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-Record:  27 – 3 – 2, 24 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  71″

-Notable Fights

  • Robert Guerrero  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 6/21/14.
  • Jesus Soto Karras  —  Draw, Split Decision (10), 4/15/16.
  • Jesus Soto Karras  —  Win, TKO 8th round (10), 9/10/16.

 

Predictions:

Emilio Sanchez  —  def  —  Danny Flores  —  via  —  TKO 6th round

Rey Vargas  —  def  —  Ronny Rios  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Miguel Cotto  —  def  —  Yoshihiro Kamegai  —  via  —  TKO 11th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

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So we thought it was set but it actually wasn’t.  Apparently now it is, since there is a banner.  Puerto Rico and Mexico will renew their rivalry when Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KO’s) defends his WBC, TheRing, and Lineal Middleweight titles against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.  It will be aired on HBO Pay Per View at 9 PM ET, and presented by Roc Nation Sports, Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions, and Canelo Promotions.

This fight will take place at a catch weight of 155 pounds, as neither fighter is really a true Middleweight.  Cotto has only fought one fight at Middleweight really, and it was when he defeated Sergio Martinez for the Middleweight title.  He fought Daniel Geale afterward, in what was a 157 pound catch weight fight.  ‘Canelo’ has actually never fought at middleweight.  Officially this fight is for the middleweight title, but at a catch weight of 155 pounds, so technically its still not a true middleweight fight.

The most interesting part about this fight is that it sets up kind of a tournament, with the winner most likely fighting the winner of Golovkin VS Lemiuex.  If Golovkin can defeat Lemieux, he should be next in line to facd the winner of Cotto/Canelo.  Golovkin hold the interim WBC Title, so that figt would have to happen, unless the winner of Cotto/Canelo vacates the WBC title right after the fight.  That would be a shame as the only reason  tat would happen is to completely avoid fighting Golovkin.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE