On his way out to the ring, Sadam Ali seemed poised and confident. Meanwhile, Miguel Cotto’s entrance was more tender as he walked to the ring without music to better hear his fans.
Early on, Cotto seemed frustrated with Ali’s movement and speed. In the second round, a strong straight righthand from Ali had Cotto temporarily hurt but it wouldn’t be the only time. Ali had Cotto shaken more than once from that same punch.
Through the first half of the fight, I had it scored 4 to 2 for Sadam Ali. The second half of the fight was no different. Cotto landed some left hooks to the body but nothing that really significantly hurt Ali. However, Ali found a new punch, the uppercut, which found a home for, often. When it got to the championship rounds Cotto seemed to have nothing left. He was slow, breathing heavy and had no pop on any of his punches.
Cotto should have gone into the 12th round looking for a knockout. Instead, Cotto went out with a whimper as he just went through the motions. As I waited for the judges score cards, I am expecting Ali to get screwed over by the judges. This time I was wrong and the judges scored the fight correctly, awarding Sadam Ali the unanimous decision victory.