Miguel Cotto vs. Sadam Ali: SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST


Miguel Cotto vs. Sadam Ali: SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST

By Xavier Porter –

October 28, 2017

Brooklyn, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)

Miguel Cotto

“It’s the only thing I know! What else can I do?” – Miguel Cotto

Four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) is scheduled to face current WBA International Welterweight Champion Sadam “World Kid” Ali (25-1, 14 KOs) in a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship. The action is set to take place at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

At thirty-six years of age, Cotto will be making his twenty-fourth appearance on the network and his tenth showcase at MSG in the final fight of his historic career. Cotto, the current WBO Junior Middleweight Champion is a Six-Time World Champion and undoubtedly a future inductee to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

He is known and respected as one of the most decorated and significant Puerto Rican fighters in boxing’s history as he has always looks to dominate any opponent who dares to step inside the ring with him. With a knack for breaking down his opponents with hard body punching, Cotto has shown in his distinctive career to cause damage against all his opponents.

Cotto, surefire first-ballot Hall-of-Famer has faced “the best of the best” of world champions between the 140lb division and 160lb division throughout his sixteen-year career:

  • Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
    Cotto vs Canelo

    Cotto vs Canelo

  • Floyd “Money” Mayweather
    Cotto vs Mayweather

    Cotto vs Mayweather

  • Manny Pacquiao
  • Sergio Martinez
    Cotto vs Martinez

    Cotto vs Martinez

  • Antonio Margarito
    Cotto vs Margarito

    Cotto vs Margarito

  • “Sugar” Shane Mosely
  • Zab “Super” Judah
    Cotto vs Judah

    Cotto vs Judah

  • Paul “The Magic Man” Malignaggi
  • Austin “No Doubt” Trout
  • Ricardo Mayorga
  • DeMarcus “Chop-Chop” Corley
  • Yuri Foreman
  • Carlos Quintana
  • Joshua Clottey

Now Cotto, in his last professional fight, faces a young, hungry lion in Ali, who himself is focused on furthering and cementing his own legacy in today’s boxing generation. Ali, of Brooklyn, New York, has faced many of opposition, but none of the likes of Cotto.

The talented and former USA Olympian is deep routed with pride and heart. Ali has also fought at Madison Square Garden several times previously. Not just winning a fight in the professional ranks, but also in the amateur ranks as he won the Golden Gloves at this venue.

Facing a skilled veteran, a future “HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE”, Ali will surely raise the bar of his already skilled pedigree.

MIGUEL COTTO, Four-Division, Six Time World Champion, Future Hall of Famer and Current WBO Junior Middleweight Champion:

“It’s nice to be back. It is nice to be at this place; it made me the big boxer than I am now. All I can say is that I’m going to do my best with Freddie, as always. I know Sadam Ali will do his best. We are going to bring a good show here on December 2.”

SADAM ALI, Current WBA International Welterweight Champion:

“I know I’m the underdog. I know a lot of the media are throwing bad words at me. But if you work hard, you never know what’s going to come. It’s not about the money. It’s about the opportunity. I know if I want to win, I must come at 100 percent and fight smart.

Cotto has tremendous power, so I’m going to fight smart. I’m going to use all my abilities, my speed, my strength, my feet. I’m ready to shine.

For those of you who don’t think I have a chance: all you got to do is wait and see. I promise you that you will see a great fight.”

Sadam Ali

ANDRE ROZIER, Trainer to Sadam Ali:

Sadam Ali

“We wanted to show the world that Sadam Ali is a special athlete. He is a special boxer. At this point, it’s been written that he doesn’t belong here or stand a chance, but we’re going to show the world that he does.

He’s coming to win. It’s not a money thing. I told him, if he didn’t want to win the fight, then we don’t want the fight. It’s nothing more than. There is a stern test before us, but we plan to ascend to that challenge. We will be victorious.”

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:

Oscar De La Hoya with Miguel Cotto and Sadam Ali

Oscar De La Hoya with Miguel Cotto and Sadam Ali

“This is a classic event: as one star says goodbye, another tries to fill the void. What can you say about Miguel Cotto that hasn’t already been said during his two decades in boxing? On December 2, Cotto will look to go out as a champion as he defends his WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship. Sadam Ali is a hungry fighter who is young and fresh, and he knows this is an amazing opportunity against a great legend. I know he will put on a great show. I’m very happy to announce that for every ticket sold, a portion of ticket sales will go to various charities that Miguel Cotto and his promotional company will choose.”

PETER NELSON, Executive Vice President at HBO Sports:

“We commend what Oscar and Miguel Cotto Promotions are doing. This fight is an inflection point for the sport. We have a legend leaving the sport. Miguel began with HBO in 2003. This will be his 24th appearance on our network. This is a historic run. We’re excited to see this last fight with us. On the other side, we have a young, hungry fighter in Sadam Ali who is looking to be a world champion and moving up a weight class. He deserves recognition for stepping up and taking this fight.”

Will Christmas come early for Cotto as he prepares to ride off into the sunset with a last defense of his world championship or will Ali play the role of the “Grinch” and steal Cotto’s last present in boxing?

Miguel Cotto vs Sadam Ali

Miguel Cotto vs Sadam Ali


Cotto vs. Ali, a 12-round fight for the Cotto’s WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions and sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle”, and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event will take place Saturday, December 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Tickets are on sale now for Cotto vs. Ali, with a starting price at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50. Tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at, or

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