Welcome to Fightful's live coverage of Miguel Cotto's final pro boxing fight. He'll be taking on Sadam Ali, defending his WBO junior middleweight world title for the first time since winning it in August. Win or lose, Cotto has stated this would be his last boxing match.
We'll be bringing you coverage live from ringside at Madison Square Garden. Live coverage of the undercard includes quick results and full, round-by-round coverage of the main card, which can be seen on HBO.
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Here is the televised card: (9 p.m. ET/HBO)
- Sadam Ali defeated Miguel Cotto via unanimous decision (115-113, 116-112, 115-113) to win the WBO Junior Middleweight Championship
- Rey Vargas defeated Oscar Negrete, unanimous decision (119-109, 119-109, 120-108) to retain the WBC Junior Featherweight Title
- Angel Acosta defeated Juan Alejo, KO, round 10, 1:33, to win the WBO Junior Flyweight Title
Here is the preliminary card:
- Ronny Rios defeated Deivis Julio, unanimous decision (97-93, 99-91, 100-90): Featherweight Bout
- Zachary Ochoa defeats Erick Martinez, unanimous decision (60-54, 60-54, 60-54): Super Lightweight Bout
Angel Acosta vs. Juan Alejo: Vacant WBO Junior Flyweight Championship Bout
Round 1: Acosta starts with a few jabs, but they don’t land. Acosta throws an overhead right but also misses. Alejo is spending most of the first half of the round on the ropes and Acosta lands a couple of right hooks. Alejo throws a weak left jab to the body. Alejo lands a right hook upstairs. Both men exchange body shots until they clinch. Alejo starts to get more aggressive towards the end of the round, trying to work the body. Acosta lands a right uppercut to Alejo’s chin at the end.
Fightful scored round 1 for Acosta 10-9
Round 2: Alejo is now the aggressor starting the round off, throwing right hooks. Acosta lands a couple of uppercuts. Alejo is sticking to attacking from the center of the ring as Acosta lands a strong three-punch combo, sending Alejo to the ropes. The round ends and Alejo lands a left to the body after the bell sounds, angering Acosta.
Fightful scored round 2 for Acosta 10-9
Round 3: Alejo lands a left jab to Acosta’s body. Acosta lands a strong left uppercut to Alejo’s chin. Both men clinch and they hit each other with body hooks. After the clinch, Acosta eats a jab from Alejo. Acosta and Alejo trade blows, but Acosta gets the better of the two exchanges.
Fightful scored round 3 for Acosta 10-9
Round 4: Alejo throws a couple of jabs but they miss the mark. Acosta lands a strong left hook to Alejo’s face. Acosta goes on the offensive and starts throwing punches while Alejo defends. Acosta throws a right jab and then uses his right hand to block an overhead left from Alejo. Acosta nearly has Alejo in the corner, but Alejo gets out and hurts Acosta with a left hand upstairs. Alejo is now chasing Acosta and Acosta is defending. Acosta lands a couple of body shots at the end of the round.
Fightful scored round 4 for Acosta 10-9
Round 5: Alejo is in the corner and maneuvers himself out of harm’s way. Acosta lands a quick left jab. Acosta lands a couple of body shots and Alejo is in the corner taking punishment. Alejo throws a right hook, but misses. Both men trade several punches as the round ends.
Fightful scored round 5 for Acosta 10-9
Round 6: Alejo starts off by throwing a couple of jabs. Acosta lands a stiff right jab to Alejo. Both men trade several shots and then they clinch. Alejo lands a body shot, but Acosta continues to throw power punches to Alejo. Acosta continues to punish Alejo and has Alejo on the ropes until the round ends.
Fightful scored round 6 for Acosta 10-9
Round 7: Acosta throws a big left hook, but he misses. Both men clinch. Alejo tries to throw a few jabs, but Acosta defends well against the jab in this instance. Alejo connects with the right body hook. Alejo then blocks an uppercut from Acosta. Acosta finally lands the uppercut this round. Acosta lands a hard left hand to Alejo’s jaw as the round ends.
Fightful scored round 7 for Acosta 10-9
Round 8: Acosta throw a left jab to start the round. Alejo is now stepping back as Acosta now tries to finish the fight. Alejo is now on the ropes once more and clinches to get out of danger. Acosta continues to land uppercuts. Alejo throws a couple of shots to Acosta’s body. The end of the round has both men pacing around the ring, barely throwing any meaningful punches.
Fightful scored round 8 for Acosta 10-9
Round 9: Alejo is being checked out by the ringside doctors but is allowed to continue. Both men trade punches and Acosta is moving around the ring and Alejo is throwing more punches. Alejo lands a counter left hand upstairs. Alejo lands several more punches as the round ends.
Fightful scored round 9 for Alejo 10-9
Round 10: Alejo throws a jab to the body, but Acosta responds with a few jabs upstairs. Acosta continues to attack with the jabs. Alejo throws a right hook to the body, but Acosta blocks most of it. Alejo lands a left body hook and is showing more aggression as of late. Acosta lands a vicious left hook to Alejo’s chin, knocking him out and we have a new world champion.
Official result: Angel Acosta defeated Juan Alejo, KO, round 10, 1:33, to win the WBO Junior Flyweight Title
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