Cotto books De­cem­ber farewell bout

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT -

PUERTO Rico’s Miguel Cotto, a six-time world cham­pion over four weight di­vi­sions, will fight for the fi­nal time on De­cem­ber 2 in New York against home­town foe Sadam Ali, pro­mot­ers an­nounced on Wed­nes­day.

Cotto, 36, (41-5, 33 KOs) will de­fend his WBO light mid­dleweight crown at Madi­son Square Gar­den against Ali, a 2008 US Olympian based in Brook­lyn who is 25-1 with 14 knockouts.

It will be the 10th fight at the famed Man­hat­tan arena for Cotto, who has held world ti­tles at su­perlightweight, wel­ter­weight, light­mid­dleweight and mid­dleweight.

“I’m very ex­cited to be back in the ring for my fi­nal fight at the Gar­den. I’ve worked re­ally hard my en­tire ca­reer to be at this level,” Cotto said. “I’m fully con­cen­trated on get­ting to­gether with [trainer] Fred­die Roach so we can work hard and have a great vic­tory.”

Cotto has de­feated a host of stars since his 2001 pro de­but, in­clud­ing Zab Ju­dah, Paulie Malig­naggi, Shane Mosley, An­to­nio Mar­gar­ito and Ri­cardo May­orga.

Af­ter los­ing to Mex­ico’s Saul “Canelo” Al­varez in Novem­ber 2015, Cotto was idle for 21 months be­fore an undis­puted de­ci­sion vic­tory in Au­gust in LA over Ja­pan’s Yoshi­hiro Kamegai to win the WBO crown he will de­fend against Ali.

Cotto’s only loss at the Gar­den came to Amer­i­can Austin Trout in 2012. His other de­feats came at the hands of Mex­ico’s Mar­gar­ito, Amer­i­can Floyd May­weather and Filipino Manny Pac­quiao.

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