Report: Miguel Cotto to Face Sadam Ali 12/2, MSG in New York

By Keith Idec

Miguel Cotto came to the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin fight last month in Las Vegas and openly discussed fighting the winner.

It appears, though, that Cotto has chosen a far less dangerous opponent for his farewell fight. The newly crowned WBO super welterweight champion reportedly will face welterweight contender Sadam Ali on December 2 at Madison Square Garden. reported Saturday afternoon that Cotto and Ali have agreed to terms to meet in a bout HBO will televise live on the network. Cotto and Ali both are promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.


Puerto Rico’s Cotto could’ve faced a more appealing opponent in his final fight, but apparently wasn’t willing to take on former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs).

Cotto isn’t willing to box beyond the end of this year, either. The former four-division champion has stuck to what he began stating in January, that 2017 will be his last year in boxing.

The 36-year-old Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) ended a 21-month layoff when he dominated Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-4-2, 24 KOs) in their 12-round fight August 26 at StubHub Center in Carson, California. Cotto claimed the then-vacant WBO 154-pound championship by winning that fight.

Before facing Kamegai, Cotto hadn’t fought since losing a 12-round unanimous decision to Mexico’s Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) in their November 2015 battle for the WBC middleweight title in Las Vegas.

The 29-year-old Ali (25-1, 14 KOs), a 2008 American Olympian from Brooklyn, has won three straight fights since Las Vegas’ Jessie Vargas (27-2, 10 KOs) stopped him in the ninth round of their March 2016 bout in Washington, D.C. Vargas captured the then-unclaimed WBO welterweight title by beating Ali in a bout HBO televised.

In his previous HBO appearance, Ali upset Argentina’s Luis Carlos Abregu. Ali defeated Abregu (36-3, 29 KOs) by ninth-round technical knockout in November 2014 in Atlantic City.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Eff Pandas on 10-09-2017

[QUOTE=Cloud;18123853][FONT="Palatino Linotype"][COLOR="Magenta"]This. Miguel humble tho!.. I admire Klitschko for putting his ego aside and just walking away from a second guaranteed pay day.[/COLOR][/FONT][/QUOTE] Definitely. For how much I & others used to dog on Klitschko he went out perfectly. When…

Comment by Cloud on 10-09-2017

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;18119769]CottLoL Cotto should just retire. This retirement fight bs for anyone virtually always is some goofy sh^t that serves no purpose to anyone except the guy who's retiring ego.[/QUOTE] [FONT="Palatino Linotype"][COLOR="Magenta"]This. Miguel humble tho!.. I admire Klitschko for putting…

Comment by xvG-MONEYvx on 10-09-2017

Shame. I was hoping to see Cotto-Lemieux or Cotto-GGG.

Comment by JK1700 on 10-09-2017

[QUOTE=KnickTillDeaTh;18123347]Disappointing fight, but so many turning all whinny bich is pretty amusing. For those questioning Cotto's HOF career, you seem to be conveniently forgetting pretty much Cotto's entire career. Cotto's resume is filled with an insane amount of top fighters,…

Comment by KnickTillDeaTh on 10-09-2017

Disappointing fight, but so many turning all whinny bich is pretty amusing. For those questioning Cotto's HOF career, you seem to be conveniently forgetting pretty much Cotto's entire career. Cotto's resume is filled with an insane amount of top fighters,…

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