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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, Saturday January 28th 2017, Francisco Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KO’s) will put his WBC Super Featherweight title on the line against the hard hitting Miguel Berchelt (30-1, 27 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio California, and will be live on HBO Boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Takashi Miura (30-3-2, 23 KO’s) will take on Miguel Roman (56-11, 43 KO’s) in a 10 round Super Featherweight bout.  Also on the card, Antonio Gutierez (21-2-1, 9 KO’s) VS Tureano Johnson (19-1, 13 KO’s) in a 10 round Middleweight bout, and Sadam Ali (23-1, 13 KO’s) VS Jorge Silva (22-12-2, 18 KO’s) in a 12 round Welterweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Francisco Vargas Tale of The Tape Miguel Berchelt
23 Wins 30
0 Lost 1
17 KOs 27
2 Draws 0
25 Total Fights 31
68% KO% 87%
5’8″ Height 5’7″
70″ Reach 71″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Nationality Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
December 25th, 1984 Date of Birth November 17th 1991

 

Predictions:

Sadam Ali  —  def  —  Jorge Silva  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Tureano Johnson  —  def  —  Antonio Gutierez  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Takashi Miura  —  def  —  Miguel Roman  —  via  —  KO 6th round

Francisco Vargas  —  def  —  Miguel Berchelt  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Last night on HBO Boxing After Dark, Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) defeated Sadam Ali (22-1, 13 KO’s) with a technical knockout in the 9th round.  The fight began as a chess match with Ali and Vargas trading rounds through the first half of the fight.  Ali basically outboxed Vargas in rounds 1, 3, and 5, while Vargas outboxed Ali in rounds 2,4,and 6.  The 4th round ended in dramatic fashion with huge flurries from both fighters, and could have been scored a 10-10 round.  The fight was dead even though the first 6 rounds, and it would come down to who wanted it more.  It ended up being Jessie Vargas.

Ali would get the better of vargas in the 7th round, putting together nice combinations, but that would be his last hoorah.  Jessie Vargas landed a huge right hand that he set up with his jab, at the end of the 8th round.  He put Ali down, and Ali would never recover.  Ali would come out of his corner in the 9th, with his right eye almost completely closed, and no legs under him.  Vargas would land another huge right hand in the 9th, that would result in a second knockdown.  The referee would accidentally give Ali extra time to recover, but it made no difference.  Vargas would jump right back on Ali (who was being closely watched), and nail him with one more huge right.  The referee would be forced to stop the fight, and Vargas would pick up his first KO in a very long time.

The final punch stats were very close though.  Jessie Vargas landed 159 of 428 punches (37%), while Ali would land 118 of 408 (29%).  Jessie Vargas improves to 27-1, and takes home the vacant WBO Welterweight championship.  Sadam Ali suffers his first professional loss, and falls to 22-1.  After the fight, Vargas clearly expressed that he wants a rematch with Timothy Bradley, whom he almost knocked down in the 12th round of their fight.  That fight was stopped prematurely, when the referee thought he heard the final bell.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

On Saturday night March 5th 2016, Luis “The real King Kong” Ortiz (24-0, 21 KO’s) will take on Tony Thompson (40-6, 27 KO’s).  The fight will be live on HBO Boxing from the DC Armory in Washington DC.  It was originally scheduled to be for the WBA interim heavyweight title, but it will actually not be on the line because Thompson is not ranked in the top 15 by the WBA.  In the co-feature, Sadam Ali (22-0, 13 KO’s) will be taking on Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KO’s).  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Tony Thompson Tale of The Tape Luis Ortiz
40 Wins 24
6 Lost 0
27 KOs 21
0 Draws 0
46 Total Bouts 24
59% KO% 88%
6’5″ Height 6’4″
81″ Reach 84″
Southpaw Stance Southpaw
Silver Spring, MD, USA Nationality Camaguey, Cuba
October 18th, 1971 Date of Birth March 29th 1979

 

PREDICTIONS:

Sadam Ali  —  def  —  Jessie Vargas  —  via  —  unanimous decision

Luis Ortiz  —  def  —  Tony Thompson  —  via  —  TKO 5th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

It wasn’t quite what we all predicted, but it was close.  Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins (55-6-2, 32KO’s), hasn’t looked his age in a very long time.  This amazing human being, or should I say ‘Alien’, has been defying the odds for about 10 years now.  He is by far the oldest boxing champion ever, and the oldest man to fight for a title.  Hopkins, being the WBA super, and the IBF Light Heavyweight champion, would make an attempt to take the WBO title away from Sergey Kovalev to unify the championships.  I give Hopkins all the credit in the world for even thinking about doing this at his age.  But unfortunately for Bernard,  on the eve of November 8th he would come up short, way short.

Sergey “The Krusher” Kovalev (25-0-1, 23KO’s) is a handful to deal with for any fighter, let alone a 49 year old.  It was evident from the first round that this was going to be a long night for the Alien.  The first solid punch that Kovalev landed sent Hopkins down to the ground.  Many said this fight was uneventful, but I disagree.  Kovalev is used to running straight through his opponents, but this was different.  Hopkins is by far the smartest and most experienced fighter to ever step in the ring with the Krusher, so it was very interesting to see a different approach from Kovalev.  It was almost like 2 cats in a fight.  If anyone has ever seen that, you know that they stare at each other and wait for the perfect opportunity to pounce.

This would eventually turn into a game of cat and mouse tho, with the cat being fast enough to catch that mouse.  Hopkins is very intelligent in the ring and was well aware of the fact that Kovalev has never been past 8 rounds.  Naturally his strategy was to tire him out and take advantage in the later part of the fight, but it never happened.  Kovalev was very patent, which is something we have never seen from him before.  He adjusted beautifully to this approach by Hopkins and was just taking every round on the scorecards.  Then in the 12th round, the fireworks started flying.  Hopkins obviously needed a knockout, which he hasn’t delivered in 10 years, and Kovalev just needed to stay away.  That was not the case.  The Krusher was going for the kill.  Bernard was getting demolished, but he did not go down.  Give him all the credit in the world, because a normal man would have collapsed from the relentless shot Kovalev was dishing out.  The final tally was 120-107 in favor of Sergey Kovalev, as he unifies 3 championships in the Light Heavyweight division.  Hopefully somehow Bernard gets a shot at Adonis Stevenson for his final fight, so he can get one more meaningful win to cap off an amazing no doubt hall of fame career.

Ali VS Abregu

On the undercard, Sadam Ali took on Luis Abregu.  Abregu was favored to win this, and looked pretty good in the first round.  Unfortunately for him, that was pretty much his only good round.  Ali took the rest of the rounds except the 7th, and then in the 9th, he hit Abregu with a straight right directly on the chin to cause the first knockdown.  Later tin the round, the referee stops the fight after a flurry of punches which Abregu just could not defend.  TKO victory for Sadam Ali.

NBC Sports November 8th

There was a another card with 3 fights before Hopkins VS Kovalev.  Here are the results:

Vasily Lepikhin def. Jackson Junior         via UD 10 rounds     Light Heavyweight

Dmitry Mikhaylenko def. Ronald Cruz     via TKO 8 round       Welterweight

Amir Mansour def. Fred Kassi                 via KO 7 round         Heavyweight

-David