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Roach: Ali Did NOT Do Enough To Win, Cotto Won 7-5 in Rounds!

By Steve Kim

It was a disappointing farewell for Miguel Cotto, who lost his final career fight to Sadam Ali at the Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

Cotto, a future Hall-of-Famer and a four division world champion, leaves the sport with a record of 41-6 (33 KO's).

The Puerto Rican star faded down the stretch and said he suffered a torn left bicep in the second half of the contest.

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According to his trainer, Freddie Roach, he was notified by Cotto,"After the seventh round, I know he was in a little bit of pain and no one said nothing. So I was just giving him instructions as usual. I kept telling him to,'back this guy up, he cant win the fight running like he is, keep the pressure on him.'

"In the eighth round he said, 'my forearm, my forearm is sore' and I looked at his forearm and it looked OK and then at the end of the fight I looked further up to the bicep, I saw what the injury was and it had just rolled up completely," Roach said.

Roach was pleased with how the fight was going till the late rounds.

"I thought we were winning at that point and the thing is Sadam just came out with a power shot in the second round and he did hurt us and then he hurt us twice in the fight and then after that we did hurt him a few times also," Roach said.

Despite the injury and some issues, Roach felt his boxer did enough to win the fight by at least two rounds (115-113). Ali was given the win with scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112.

"The thing is I wouldn't give (Ali) enough to win the fight though. We were the aggressor all night long, chasing him all night long. He's a little bit of a counter-puncher, I knew that - but at the end of the night I thought it was a very close fight. I thought we won by two rounds," Roach said.

"I was disappointed that we lost the fight. Miguel smiled and told me he thought he won the fight, but he told me it wasn't going to change anything. It's over."

Not only does this end the career of the 37-year old Cotto but his union with the renowned trainer, who helped guide him the past few years.

"He was very nice to me, he came up to me and we spoke a couple of times in the locker room, here and there about who's going to fix the arm, the surgery and so forth. He gave me a big hug and said, 'thanks for everything,' and then he hopes to be, in the future, in business, where he's going to promote fights and I'm going to train some of his fighters," Roach said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bronx2245 on 12-06-2017

[QUOTE=WesternChamp;18294200]interesting......[/QUOTE]Don't go there! Ali got KO'd by Vargas. "Nuff said! He's still that guy until he beats a real (WBC, WBA, IBF) champ @ 147 or 154!

Comment by Bronx2245 on 12-06-2017

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;18294192]Cotto says he hurt his arm in the middle of the 7th round. Entering the 7th round Cotto was NOT winning on any of the 3 judges score cards and was already wobbled at least 2 times. Ali beat him…

Comment by hilltophustla4 on 12-05-2017

[QUOTE=mapleleaf27;18295364]whats a shame is your whining attitude...you should be grateful to live in the U.S. people risk their lives to get there, and you are there and all you can do is complain about how unfair it is...the world owes…

Comment by .!WAR MIKEY! on 12-05-2017

ali hurt cotto like 3 different times, in 3 different rounds before the 7th and after that cotto didnt put up much of a fight anymore.

Comment by NC Uppercut on 12-05-2017

Roach I’ve always respected you. With that said, the Parkinson’s and other health issues look like they’ve caught up to you. It might be time to take a much less physical approach and just counsel

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