Ali dethrones Cotto, seizes WBO 154lb title

Miguel Cotto vs Sadam Ali LIVE STREAM: Watch legendary fighter's last bout online and TV

Cotto had won four titles in four different weight categories, but struggled against the quick hands of 29-year-old Ali.

Post fight Miguel Cotto would go on to say that he picked up a bicep injury in round seven of the contest, but reaffirmed that this would be his last fight and looks forward to spending more time at home with his family.

Miguel Cotto's fight record ends on 41 wins and six defeats. But Ali really came on strong in the second half of the fight, after Cotto said he hurt his left biceps in the seventh round.

After a back-and-forth battle that saw both fighters hurt, Ali got the nod from all three judges by scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112.

"I am feeling good with the performance", the always classy Cotto, as dignified in disappointment as he always had been gracious in victory, said in reaffirming his intention to enter retirement and enjoy the remainder of his life with his attractive wife Melissa and the couple's two children.

"I don't want to make excuses", he said. I am proud to call Madison Square Garden my second home. "I had the opportunity to provide the best for my family because of the sport".

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"I have the humility to say that I made my share of mistakes", Vargas said, "but I feel that Negrete fought very dirty and was not a very good boxer". "I knew I had to do something or he would have dug in", Ali said.

Cotto continued to apply pressure in the seventh, but said that "something happened" to his left biceps in the round. After seemingly winning a close ninth round, Ali had more success in the 10th round, catching a tiring Cotto along the ropes with a left hook and then a right hand.

Is this the last we've seen on Cotto in the ring?

He was also beaten once by Margarito, while his other defeats came at the hands of American Floyd Mayweather, Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Sadam Ali didn't read that particular script however, claiming an tight unanimous points verdict after the fight went the championship distance.

"I've been fighting since I was eight years old, and I've been in big arenas". One thing was certain for the paying customers: Cotto would deliver a good show. Ali beat him and took his WBO junior middleweight belt. Sometimes the burglars sneak up incrementally, taking advantage of an older fighter's loss of reaction time that can be measured in tenths, if not hundredths, of seconds. Frugal with his money and mindful of his health and well-being, he steps away far better off than many champions who only considered the present and were never mindful of the potential pitfalls of the future were they to linger too long in an unforgiving game.

"It's taken me five years to get here, and I'm cherishing this moment for me and for Puerto Rico", said Acosta.

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