Cotto confirms retirement after Ali fight

By Daily Sports on November 16, 2017

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Miguel Cotto confirmed on Wednesday that he’ll definitely be retiring after his title defense of his WBO junior middleweight belt against Golden Boy Promotions stable fighter Sadam Ali.

The title fight is slated for December 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Cotto, 37, keeps getting asked by boxing fans whether he’ll continue his career, due to the high level that he’s still performing at. Cotto looked good in his last fight against fringe contender Yoshihiro Kamegai on August 26.

“No, I have done everything in my career that I’ve wanted to do,” said Cotto when asked if he’ll resume his career after the Sadam Ali fight.

“This is the final. His decision is to retire now and spend more time with my family.”

Before Cotto’s recent win over Kamegai, he had been inactive for almost 2 years. Cotto was looking during all that time for fights against older guys like Juan Manuel Marquez. Unfortunately, those 2 were unable to put a fight together. Cotto wanted a big fight against a recognizable fighter, but there weren’t any available.

The December 2 fight against Cotto was offered to fighters like Mikey Garcia, Errol Spence Jr. and a number of other fighters, but they all turned it down, they didn’t see the deal as being worth it.

Fighting Sadam Ali has to be viewed as a disappointing match, being that Cotto isn’t even facing one of the better fighters in the welterweight division.

Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach was asked if he would have liked to have seen him face Canelo or Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, and this is what he said:

”You know, Triple G and Canelo would be great opponents, and we look forward to fighting them, but they all have obligations before, and the next best guy was the young guy coming up, the next generation. We are getting a chance at that, and we’ll see how good he really is.”

•Photo shows Miguel Cotto.

Source Daily Sports

Posted November 16, 2017

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