Boxing

Will Cotto bow out in style with another strong showing at the Garden, where he is 8-1? Will he show his age (37) and the wear of a long, tough career? Or will the hungry Ali, 29, topple a fighter he has been a fan of for years, claim a world title and send Cotto into retirement?

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Former four division world champion Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) steps inside the squared circle for the final time in his Hall of Fame career as he defends the WBO junior middleweight title against 2008 Olympian Sadam Ali (25-1, 14 KOs) from Madison Square Garden in New York City. 

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Danny Jacobs got his confidence builder fight out of the way last Saturday night in beating Luis Arias by a 12 round decision, and now he’s interested in facing Saul Canelo Alvarez or Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.

Jacobs’ promoter Eddie Hearn has already spoken to Peter Nelson of HBO to let him know that they’re ready and willing to step in to face Golovkin if Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo choose not to take the rematch with GGG. Jacobs (33-2, 29 KOs) wants to avenge his loss to Golovkin from March 18, as he feels he won that fight but wasn’t given credit for it by the 3 judges.

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Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn was amused by Deontay Wilder’s request of a 50-50 split of the revenue for a unification fight against Anthony Joshua in 2018. Hearn says he was “speechless” after hearing of Wilder’s wish for an even split of the money for the Joshua fight.

Hearn believes Wilder must have been joking when he made the request. Hearn sees Wilder’s request as a starting point for the negotiations, but obviously he’s not going to get that split.

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