Cotto And Ali To Be Finalized This Week
As mentioned on FIGHT SPORTS on Monday, WBO junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto will face United States Olympian Sadam Ali on December 2nd at Madison Square Garden, in what has been alleged to be Cotto’s final fight.
In comments made by Golden Boy Promotion’s President, Eric Gomez (who promotes both Ali and Cotto), the fight seems to be all but done, and that no one else dared to or were able to take this fight.
“We have a verbal agreement with Sadam Ali…none of the other champions at 154 were available and we actually offered the fight to some of the top welterweights and super welterweights and either they were not available or they took other fights.”
Gomez also noted that the likes of Errol Spence, Mikey Garcia, Lamont Peterson, James Kirkland, Lucas Matthysse were either unavailable or declined the opportunity to face Cotto.
A Brooklyn native, Ali is a career welterweight with a record of 25-1 and has rebounded following a ninth round loss to Jessie Vargas back in March of 2016 for the vacant WBO welterweight belt, with three straight victories.
This would be Cotto’s second and potentially final fight since returning in August of this year. On that August night, the same night as Floyd Mayweather’s fight with Conor McGregor, Cotto defeated Yoshihiro Kamegi via decision to win the vacant WBO junior middleweight title, which was vacated by Canelo Alvarez following his move to middleweight.