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Ali spoils Cotto’s farewell fight with decision win

Sadam Ali def. Miguel Cotto (unanimous decision, 115-113, 116-112, 115-113) But his history meant little to Ali (26-1, 14 KOs), 29, of Brooklyn, New York, a 2008 U.S. Olympian who counts himself as a Cotto fan.

Ali was moving up in weight for the biggest fight of his career. Few gave him much of a chance, because the only other time Ali stepped up in class — against Jessie Vargas for a vacant welterweight world title in March 2016 — Ali got knocked down twice and stopped in the ninth round of a somewhat one-sided fight.

But Ali looked strong, fast and determined against Cotto, as he dropped Cotto to 8-2 at the Garden and 20-6 in world title fights, many of them among the most memorable in recent boxing history.

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