SADAM ALI was not supposed to win. On Saturday (December 2) Miguel Cotto was having his final fight, a last defence of the WBO super-middleweight world title he had collected this year. But instead of the emotional night at Madison Square Garden becoming just a celebration of Cotto, it was also the coronation of a new champion.
“I proved everybody wrong. I’m happy,” Ali said. “I’m not in this sport just to take easy fights, sometimes you’ve got to take the big ones and this was mine and I went out there and I shocked the world.”
After boxing well, especially in the opening and closing rounds of the fight, Ali had a nervous wait for the judges’ verdict. “I did feel like I pulled it off but at the same time I wasn’t sure what the decision would be. I did pray at that moment, I did say please God let me just get this decision. I hope it goes my way. But I did believe even if it didn’t I did show who I was in that ring. I’m grateful that I did get that decision. I’m really happy,” he said. “I did what I had to do and I’m thankful for the decision.”