It was June 10, 2006. Why do I remember that? Well I remember that because it was my first ever pay per view fight. And it was also only purchased for me because it was a gift, as the fight fell on the same night as my 8th grade graduation.
(admittedly I had to look it up because I actually thought it was on 6-6-06, must just be some subliminal association I have with that date and my 8th grade graduation from Holy Tragedy …er Holy Trinity)
This PPV purchase from Grandma & Grandpa was a big deal for the kid who grew up watching (only rarely) a TV that had an actual dial. Strictly PBS, the 4 major networks, and channel 3 for when we got to pop in a VHS tape. It was honestly only ever Rudy or one of the MUZZY Italian language educational videos.
When I asked Grandpa to buy the fight, Cotto actually wasn’t even the fighter I was tuning in for and he certainly was not the selling point for the purchase. We were tuning in to see my favorite football player make his professional boxing debut, Notre Dame strong safety and punt return extraordinaire, Tom Zbikowski. Talk about a big debut, he had a televised spot on a PPV Top Rank card which would conclude with Miguel Cotto fighting Paulie Malignaggi in the main event for Cotto’s WBO World Super Lightweight title.
Read the rest of my reflection on Cotto career here
So it’s December 1st. It’s the final month of what I think has been a pretty good year for boxing. I’ve been thinking about it a bit already. My favorite fight of the year was probably Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Kitschko. Francisco Vargas vs. Miguel Berchelt was a pretty great fight, even though my guy lost. It was shocking to see Chocolatitio lose twice this year also. These are just preliminary thoughts. I want to do more reflection and write up on it at the end of the month. If you have any thoughts, please send me your favorite fight of the year.
As promised a little coverage of the fight between Miguel Cotto and Sadam Ali.
Well I wrote a bit about my reflections on Miguel Cotto’s career already so you can go over to that blog post over on the boxing tl;dr website. Check that out first. Here it is again if you missed it.
So a little on Sadam Ali now. He’s a Brooklyn native and a 2008 US Olympian. He’s 29 years old and his only loss as a pro came against Jessie Vargas when they fought for a vacant WBO Welterweight title in 2016. Against that single loss he has 25 wins and has yet to win a world championship title, but he will fight Cotto for the WBO Light Middleweight (/Superwelterweight/that’s 154lbs) title that Cotto now holds after beating Yoshihiro Kamegai for it in his last fight. Fun fact: Sadam was the first ever boxer named Ali to represent the United States in the Olympics …think about it, and the first Arab American to do so.
I’m all in for Cotto in this fight. I have a lot of respect for him and hope this last one (if it truly is) is a good one.
rest of the card…
At New York (HBO):
- Miguel Cotto vs. Sadam Ali, 12 rounds, for Cotto’s WBO junior middleweight title
- Rey Vargas vs. Oscar Negrete, 12 rounds, for Vargas’ WBC junior featherweight title
- Angel Acosta vs. Juan Alejo, 12 rounds, for vacant interim WBO junior flyweight title
- Ronny Rios vs. Deivis Julio, 10 rounds, featherweights
- Aaron McKenna vs. TBA, 4 rounds, welterweights
What else is going on in the world of boxing? Well there are fights on tonight but they’re on the CBS Sports Network, which I’m not sure anyone even has but here they are if you do.
At Providence, R.I. (CBS Sports Net):
- Toka Kahn Clary vs. John Vincent Moralde, 10 rounds, featherweights
- Fabio Turchi vs. Demetrius Banks, 8 rounds, cruiserweights
- Irvin Gonzalez vs. Marlon Olea, 6 rounds, featherweights
I know none of these guys to be honest. I also don’t want you to stray from the focus of tomorrow night’s fight.
Prospect of the Week
He’s an amateur standout from Ireland and is set to make his pro debut on a pretty big stage tomorrow night, the under card of Cotto-Ali at Madison Square Garden. He was signed straight to Golden Boy for his debut and 18 years old he is the youngest professional boxer from Ireland to date.