REPORT: Miguel Cotto to fight Sadam Ali in December retirement bout
October 11, 2017
Danny Z (117 articles)

REPORT: Miguel Cotto to fight Sadam Ali in December retirement bout

By Danny Z | Contributing Writer

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NEW YORK — After almost 50 bouts as a professional, the multi-division world champion Miguel Cotto will compete in his curtain call fight this upcoming December 2, in Madison Square Garden.

According to reports, Golden Boy Promotions, who is currently partnered with Cotto, has stated that a verbal agreement has been made for a concluding fight against Sadam Ali (25-1, 14 KOs).

“We’re working on the contracts now and we’ll be making official announcement shortly,” Golden Boy Promotions’ president Eric Gomez told ESPN.

Cotto’s trainer, Freddie Roach, (41-5, 33 KOs) made it known following the last fight against Yoshihiro Kamegai that they were hoping to get the winner of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, but those plans didn’t seem to fit after the draw decision this past September. This final Cotto fight was also reportedly offered to IBF welterweight world champion Errol Spence and former world champion Danny Garcia, but agreements could not be reached.

Current WBC lightweight world title holder Mikey Garcia was also spoken to about a potential matchup, which would have seen him rise three weight divisions to fight Cotto. However, an agreement here was also not met, as Garcia stated that Golden Boy wanted to sign him to a multi-fight deal, which Garcia was not willing to do. 

Cotto, who turns 37 at the end of October, will defend his WBO super welterweight world title in a bout where he is sure to be the heavy favorite. Ali, 29, only has one single loss in his professional career, which came at the hands of former welterweight world title holder Jessie Vargas in March of 2016. Ali has been on a three fight win streak since, with his last victory coming against Johan Perez back on July 29. Unless Ali is able to pull off the win and secure his first world championship, Cotto will likely end his future Hall-of-Fame career as a world champion.

“One more in December and that will be all,” Cotto said following his last victory.

(Feature photo: Tom Hogan / Golden Boy Promotions)



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