BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Future Hall of Famer, and current World Boxing Organization junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) returns to the ring on December 2, 2018. He will be facing the former U.S Olympian, and World Boxing Association international welterweight champion Sadam "World Kid" Ali (25-1, 14 KOs) at Madison Square Garden in New York. The 12-round fight will be televised live on HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®, HBO NOW, HBO GO®, HBO On Demand®, and at hbo.com/boxing. Cotto will be making his 24th appearance on HBO's satellite television network, and his 10th event at Madison Square Garden before he closes the book on his spectacular boxing career.
Cotto is the first Puerto Rican in history to win world championship titles in four distinct weight classes, and has partnered with Golden Boy Promotions to deliver Cotto's talented stable of fighters on television screens around the world. "Miguel Cotto is not only a legend in the ring, but on the entire island of Puerto Rico, which has one of the richest boxing traditions around the globe," said Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya. "Our new partnership will include Miguel's upcoming fights; working with Miguel Cotto Promotions' talented stable of fighters; and revitalizing boxing in Puerto Rico."
"It's nice to be back. It is nice to be at this place; it made me the big boxer than I am now. All I can say is that I'm going to Los Angeles tonight to start my training camp. I'm going to do my best with Freddie, as always. I know Sadam Ali will do his best. We are going to bring a good show here on December 2," shared the current World Boxing Organization junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto.
"I know I'm the underdog. I know a lot of the media are throwing bad words at me. But if you work hard, you never know what's going to come. It's not about the money. It's about the opportunity. I know if I want to win, I have to come at 100 percent and fight smart. Cotto has tremendous power, so I'm going to fight smart. I'm going to use all of my abilities, my speed, my strength, my feet. I'm ready to shine. For those of you who don't think I have a chance: all you got to do is wait and see. I promise you that you will see a great fight," remarked the current World Boxing Administration international welterweight champion Sadam Ali.
"This is a classic event: as one star says goodbye, another tries to fill the void. What can you say about Miguel Cotto that hasn't already been said during his two decades in boxing? On December 2, Cotto will look to go out as a champion as he defends his WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship. Sadam Ali is a hungry fighter who is young and fresh, and he knows this is an amazing opportunity against a great legend. I know he will put on a great show. I'm very happy to announce that for every ticket sold, a portion of ticket sales will go to various charities that Miguel Cotto and his promotional company will choose," explained Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.
"We commend what Oscar and Miguel Cotto Promotions are doing. This fight is an inflection point for the sport. We have a legend leaving the sport. Miguel began with HBO in 2003. This will be his 24th appearance on our network. This is a historic run. We're excited to see this last fight with us. On the other side, we have a young, hungry fighter in Sadam Ali who is looking to be a world champion and moving up a weight class. He deserves recognition for stepping up and taking this fight," shared Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President at HBO Sports.
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