Junior middleweight world titleholder Miguel Cotto will bring to an end his surefire Hall of Fame career in a defense against Sadam Ali, Golden Boy Promotions announced on Wednesday.
Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs), who will turn 37 on Oct. 29, said he stands by his previous comments that the fight will be the last of a career in which he has won six world titles and is the only Puerto Rican man to win titles in four weight classes (middleweight, junior middleweight, welterweight and junior welterweight).
Cotto will be making the first defense of the vacant junior middleweight title he won by lopsided decision against Japan's Yoshihiro Kamegai on Aug. 26.
In March 2016, Ali suffered a ninth-round knockout at the hands of Jessie Vargas in their fight for a vacant welterweight world title.
"I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to fight a legend in Madison Square Garden in front of all my fans and on HBO," Ali said.