MIGUEL COTTO VS SADAM ALI LIVE STREAM – In a year filled with high-profile boxers announcing their retirements from the sport, Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto will have his farewell fight take place on December 2nd at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Golden Boy Promotions announced on Wednesday that the current WBO junior middleweight (154 lbs) champion will defend his title against New York’s own Sadam Ali (25-1, 14 KOs). HBO will televise the event at 10 PM ET/ 7 PM PT. Watch MIGUEL COTTO VS SADAM ALI LIVE STREAM BOXING ON SAT 2 DEC 2017 on your PC, laptop, Mac, Ipad, Tab, Ps4/3, I-phone Android or any other online device.
Miguel Cotto vs Sadam Ali for the WBO
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, USA
When: Saturday 2nd December – 10PM ET / 3AM UK time
TV: HBO, Box Nation
Miguel Cotto –
Record: 41-5 (33 KO) … Streak: W1 … Last 5: 4-1 … Last 10: 7-3 … Stance: Orthodox … Height/Reach: 5’7″ / 67″ … Age: 37
Thoughts: For a long, long time, Miguel Cotto has been one of my favorite fighters. That said, I don’t turn a blind eye to the criticisms one can levy against his record, particularly after his thrashing at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in 2009.
Wins: Yuri Foreman, old Ricardo Mayorga, one-eyed Antonio Margarito, Delvin Rodriguez, one-legged Sergio Martinez, Daniel Geale, Yoshihiro Kamegai
Losses: Floyd Mayweather, Austin Trout, Canelo Alvarez
He gave Mayweather a good fight, better than the vast majority of Mayweather opponents who weren’t being carried to presentability in order to not suffer a fan revolt over a $100 pay-per-view. He gave Canelo a terrific fight, a lot of people argued he should have gotten the nod. And Trout, a good fighter, just wound up a stylistic matchup nightmare for Cotto.
Good for Cotto, though, that Sadam Ali on paper belongs to that “wins” group far more than the “losses” group.
Look, this is being billed as a farewell fight. Miguel Cotto is 37, he’s won world titles in four weight classes over his career, and he’s not looking to go out with a loss, or perhaps even a particularly difficult night. He’s been through the wars. He’s put in his time. He’s given a lot to boxing. He wants to say goodbye at Madison Square Garden, which has been a professional home for him since his first fight in the building back in 2005, when he beat Muhammadqodir Abdullaev in a WBO 140-pound title defense.
I’ve greatly enjoyed Miguel Cotto’s career and he’ll always be one of my personal favorite fighters. He’s been involved in some of my favorite nights over the last 11 years running this web site.
Sadam Ali –
Record: 25-1 (14 KO) … Streak: W3 … Last 5: 4-1 … Last 10: 9-1 … Stance: Orthodox … Height/Reach: 5’9″ / 73″ … Age: 29
Thoughts: “World Kid” Ali is a guy who was once seen as an intriguing prospect, but that bubble was burst — hard — when he stepped up in competition in March 2016 against Jessie Vargas.
Vargas isn’t a big puncher. Vargas isn’t a “dominating” sort of fighter. Vargas beat Ali up, dropping him twice en route to a ninth round stoppage.
It wasn’t like there were never signs of trouble, though. Ali was dropped in the first round of a 2013 fight against Jay Krupp. He’d struggled a fair bit in a split decision win over Jeremy Bryan in 2014. Wins over Luis Carlos Abregu and Francisco “Chia” Santana in 2014-15 were stronger performances, but Vargas was too much for him.
And what’s Ali done since then? Three straight wins, over Saul Corral, Jorge Silva, and Johan Perez.
Does Sadam Ali “deserve” this fight with Miguel Cotto? Well, no. Not if you’re trying to make logical sense of things. Cotto holds a 154-pound title. Ali, for one thing, is not a true world title contender, having done nothing that suggests he is, and for another thing, he’s never even fought at 154 pounds. (OK, once, in 2010.)
Miguel Cotto has fought in 25 word title fights and been successful in 20 of them. Conversely Ali has appeared in one and failed to stay the course, in a lower division against a traditionally light punching opponent. It is inconceivable that the Puerto Rican will not emerge victorious.
Ringsiders and investors should be urged to avoid predicting an early and explosive finish unless Ali performs critically below even the modest expectations that exist for him. It easy to think that Cotto will want to enjoy this final outing and an early destruction of an over-matched opponent, would probably leave everyone disappointed.
Equally, a turgid points victory will gnaw at his proud legacy. Therefore, expect Cotto to start conservatively and enjoy the crowd adulation only to vigorously up the ante from the fourth onwards. Expect the stoppage around the round 5 or 6 mark.
Cotto by TKO round 5