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Sadam Ali Bounces Back, Decisions Mauricio Herrera

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Sadam Ali made a successful, if not overly impressive, return to the welterweight division Saturday night.

The former WBO junior middleweight champion out-pointed Mauricio Herrera in a mostly uneventful, 10-round, 147-pound encounter on the Canelo Alvarez-Rocky Fielding undercard at Madison Square Garden. Ali (27-2, 14 KOs) fought off his back foot for much of their bout and landed right hands with enough frequency to easily win a unanimous decision.

Herrera hit Ali with a couple hard shots toward the end of the ninth round. Ali went to the canvas toward the end of the 10th round, but it was the result of a slip.

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Otherwise, Ali largely controlled the distance and the pace of the bout to out-box Herrera (24-8, 7 KOs), of Riverside, California. Judges Bernard Bruni (100-90), Larry Hazzard Jr. (99-91) and Dave Sutherland (98-92) each scored the fight for Ali by wide distances.

Brooklyn’s Ali, 30, fought for the first time since Mexico’s Jaime Munguia demolished him in their May 12 fight for Ali’s WBO 154-pound championship.

Ali moved up to 154 pounds for the opportunity to challenge Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto last December 2 at The Garden. A 37-year-old Cotto was a 10-1 favorite over Ali, but a younger, quicker Ali out-boxed the former four-division champion and pulled off one of boxing’s biggest upsets of 2017.

His title reign last just five months, though. Munguia, a late replacement for an ill Liam Smith, overwhelmed a smaller Ali, knocked him down four times and stopped him in the fourth round at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mr. EBT 97K on 12-16-2018

Boring fight. Dont want to see these two ever again

Comment by Mammoth on 12-16-2018

I'll see what they do next. I have a soft spot for Ali.

Comment by PBR Streetgang on 12-16-2018

[QUOTE=Boxing Logic;19358659]Another GBP robbery. Commentators were in on it too. SRL's first fight commentating for DAZN and he's already picking off where the PBC and HBO commentators left off, shilling for the house fighter like he was directed to do…

Comment by Foolkiller on 12-16-2018

The Maestro has no business at this weight and still faired well. Thought Ali pulled it out late though. Decent scrap!

Comment by Lefty0616 on 12-15-2018

Sadam Ali is not a good fighter. Had Cotto not gotten injured, he would have beaten Ali.

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