On a night that Madison Square Garden and the boxing world bid farewell to a boxing legend in Miguel Cotto (41-6, 33 KOs), Sadam Ali (26-1, 14 KOs) stole the show, winning a unanimous decision victory and the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship in front of 12,391 fans and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. The final scores were 115-113 twice and 116-112.
Ali, a 2008 U.S. Olympian from Brooklyn, hurt Cotto twice in the early rounds and used slick defense and solid counterpunching to keep Cotto at bay throughout the 12-round bout.
“I worked hard for it,” Ali said. “I took advantage of this fight, and I made sure to make it count. I want to Thank God, and also thank team Cotto, They could have taken an easier fight if they wanted too. I had him hurt here or there in the first couple of rounds. I knew I had to do something, or he would have dug in. By the 11th round, I thought the fight was close. Whatever Golden Boy Promotions has next, I’ll take it. Good things happen to good people. I have been training since I was eight years old, and I am glad I got this win at MSG, in my hometown.”
Cotto, a six-time, four-division world champion and the fighting pride of Caguas, Puerto Rico confirmed his retirement after the bout. (Source: Golden Boy Promotions)
On the undercard WBC world champion Rey Vargas (31-0, 22 KOs) pounded out a clear twelve round decision win over Oscar Negrete (17-1, 7 KOs) to retain his belt. Scores were 119-108 (x2) and 120-108.
Hulking Canadian heavyweight KO artist Mladen Miljas (8-0, 8 KOs) captured the Canadian heavyweight title in violent fashion Saturday night with a 2nd round knockout of long-time champion Dillon Carman (12-3, 11 KOs). It was an exciting bout from the outset with both fighters going down in the opening stanza as simultaneous hooks landed resulting in the rare double knockdown. Both men got up but it was Miljas who looked worse for ware. Despite this, he survived the round.
In the second round Miljas hurt Carman and flurried until he dropped. The defending champion got up but was on unsteady legs and Miljas jumped all over him. The last flurry culminated in a huge blow separating Carman from his senses and caused him to crash down on the canvass giving Miljas an emphatic KO win to become the new Canadian heavyweight champion at the 1:40 mark.
The bout was held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls and headlined Global Legacy Boxing’s “Thunder at the Falls, GLB VII”. The seven-bout card was a partnership between Fight to End Cancer (FTEC) and Les Woods’ Global Legacy Boxing outfit, with the shared goal of helping to bring awareness to the sport and continue raising funds for cancer research.
On the undercard, rising Canadian lightweight Bradley Wilcox (4-0, 1 KO) picked up his foruth pro win with a four round decision over Gerson Escobar.
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