Sadam Ali

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Sadam Ali
Sadam Ali.jpg
Ali (middle) in 2010
Nickname(s) World Kid
Weight(s) Welterweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Reach 73 in (185 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1988-09-26) September 26, 1988 (age 28)
Brooklyn, New York City,
New York, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 26
Wins 25
Wins by KO 14
Losses 1

Sadam Ali (born September 26, 1988) is a Yemeni American professional boxer, who fights at welterweight.

Early life[edit]

Ali was born in 1988 in Brooklyn, New York. He was raised there by his Yemeni-immigrant parents, and has four sisters and a brother. Ali began boxing at the Bed-Stuy Boxing Club in the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant at the age of eight, after being inspired by Yemeni-British boxer "Prince" Naseem Hamed.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

Ali is a Junior Olympic National Champion, a PAL National Champion, a U-19 National Champion, and a two-time New York City Golden Gloves champion.

In 2006, Ali won the National Golden Glove Championship in the featherweight division in 2006 at the age of 17. Ali then represented the United States at the 2006 World Junior Championships, where he won a bronze medal after losing in the semifinal round to eventual gold medalist Yordan Frometa of Cuba by a score of 41-39,[2] in a bout in which two points were deducted from Ali because he was weaving too low.

In 2007, Ali moved up to lightweight and again won the National Golden Glove Championship in his new division.[3] Ali is only the second boxer to win it in two different weight classes in consecutive years in New York. Later that year, he was upset by Jerry Belemontes of Corpus Christi, Texas 13-12 in the quarterfinal round of the U.S. Boxing Championships.[4] However, in August 2007, Ali defeated Belemontes and finished in first place in the lightweight division at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Houston, becoming the first boxer from the five boroughs of New York City to win at the trials since Riddick Bowe in 1988. While this did not immediately qualify him to represent the United States in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, he became the sole American lightweight permitted to compete in three Olympic qualification tournaments to be held over the ensuing eight months, for one of the six berths allocated to lightweights from the Americas. Ali was the first Arab-American to represent the United States in the Olympics.

The first of the three Olympic qualification tournaments was the World Amateur Boxing Championship, which was held in Chicago in the fall of 2007. Ali was eliminated in a competitive second round match by Armenia's Hrachik Javakhyan. As only one lightweight from the Americas qualified in Chicago, five berths remained open.

Alleged Cathine controversy[edit]

Three weeks after the Chicago tournament, Ali participated in a "USA vs. China and Kazakhstan" exhibition event held in Zunyi. Ali's doping test at the exhibition returned positive for Cathine, a banned stimulant found in the illegal Yemeni drug Khat.[5] The infraction carried a potential two-year suspension from amateur competition, which would have disqualified him from the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Ali accepted a voluntary indefinite suspension on November 22, 2007. However, he maintained his innocence and appealed to the International Boxing Association ("AIBA") to overturn the test results, Ali hired an attorney to challenge the findings and allegations. Ali argues he had taken Cathine inadvertently after contracting a cold in China, but widespread use of stimulant drug Khat is known among the Yemeni American community. His doctor later admitted medicines he had given Ali, when mixed together could have created the positive test for Cathine.[6] The Olympic Games Committee bars cathine in concentrations of over five micrograms per milliliter in urine. In February 2008, Ali agreed to drop his challenges in exchange for a three-month ban retroactive to the date on which he had originally accepted his voluntary suspension.[7] Since his ban had expired on February 22, 2008, Ali was allowed to participate in the two remaining Olympic qualification tournaments held in the Spring of 2008.

Olympic Qualification[edit]

Ali qualified for the 2008 Olympics by finishing in second place at the AIBA 1st Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago in March 2008. He defeated Jesus Cuadro of Venezuela in the quarterfinal round, and Juan Nicolas Cuellas of Argentina in the semifinal round. He lost by decision in the final round to Cuba's Yordenis Ugás by a score of 13-5. round.[8]

On August 11, 2008, Ali was outboxed at the Olympic Games in his opening match, losing by decision to Georgian Popescu of Romania, by a score of 20-5. Ali turned professional after the 2008 Olympics.

Professional career[edit]

On January 17, 2009, Ali made his pro debut and needed just 1:42 to defeat Ricky Thompson.[9] Ali recorded a third round stoppage of Julias Edmunds in his first live televised fight on ESPN on July 16, 2010, at The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. He returned to The Prudential Center on August 21, 2010, in his second televised bout and knocked out Lenin Arroyo on the undercard to Tomas Adamek versus Michael Grant. On December, 9th to finish the year Ali on his 2nd PPV event fought to a unanimous decision against Manuel Guzman to record his 11th win. On April 9, in his 3rd PPV televised bout Ali knocked out Javier Pérez in the 3rd Round On the Tomas Ademek undercard.

November 6, 2010 Brooklyn, N.Y., welterweight Sadam Ali (10-0, 6 KOs), the 2008 U.S. Olympic lightweight and the first Arab-American boxer to go to the Olympics, scored an overwhelming second-round knockout of New Orleans' Gary Bergeron (12-6, 7 KOs).

Ali started fast, hammering a defensive Bergeron in the first round. He was landing solid uppercuts and left hands to the body before dropping him with a left hook to the chin. Bergeron survived, but Ali was crushing him with combinations as the round came to an end. Ali landed 37 of 92 punches in the opening round.

It was more of the same in the second round. While Ali was blasting him with left hook after left hook, Bergeron could little more than try to hold on, but he couldn't even do that effectively. Ali dropped him with an uppercut and was smashing him until a three-punch combination to the head badly staggered him again, forcing referee Lindsey Paige to stop the fight at 2 minutes, 18 seconds. Ali outlanded Bergeron 70-8 in the fight.

Ali signed with Golden Boy Boxing on June 24, 2013 to promote his boxing career.[10]

On November 8, 2014, Sadam Ali took on Juan Carlos Abregu and was heading into the fight as a big underdog. Ali had upset the odds and defeated Abregu, the fight was stopped in the 9th round and ruled as a TKO victory which meant Ali had won the welterweight title. Ali had knocked down his oponnent in the 6th and 9th round before the fight had been stopped.[11]

On April 25, Ali defeated Francisco "Chia" Santana in a unanimous decision Madison Square Garden, Ali landed 196 of 588 punches (33 percent). Ali was quoted after the fight saying, "I'm thrilled with my victory," Ali said. "It's a dream come true to fight here at Madison Square Garden. I'd like to fight a top-10 contender in my next fight. He was a tough fighter. He hits very hard, but I was able to take his punches."[12]

Vargas v Ali[edit]

Ali took a step up in class to fight Californian volume puncher Jessie Vargas in March 2016 for the WBO welterweight title left vacant by Timothy Bradley. While many pundits expected a close fight, Vargas landed more blows and the more effective blows in what was a decisive victory for him. Vargas knocked down Ali in rounds eight and nine. Vargas landed a brutal body shot followed by a right to the head to knock Ali out on his feet and win the vacant WBO world title. Vargas was ahead on all judges scorecards at the time of TKO (79-72, 77-74 twice).[13] Vargas landed 159 punches from his 428 thrown compared to 118 landed from 408 thrown from Ali.[14]


Since losing to Vargas, Ali has won two fights and on July 29th will headline a Goldenboy event against Venezuelan former WBA interim champion Johan Perez. This is expected to be a stern test for Ali but is an opportunity to become a title contender again. "A win in this fight puts me right back in position to compete for a world championship," Ali, who fights out of Brooklyn, New York, said. "I can't wait to get back in the ring and demonstrate the speed and power that has led me to be a top contender in the welterweight division."[15]

Professional boxing record[edit]

25 Wins (14 knockouts), 1 Loss (1 knockout), 0 Draws[16]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 25-1 Venezuela Johan Perez UD 10 2017-07-29 United States Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona
Win 24-1 Mexico Jorge Silva KO 3 (10), 2:27 2017-01-28 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Win 23-1 Mexico Saul Corral UD 10 2016-09-17 United States AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Loss 22-1 United States Jessie Vargas TKO 9 (12), 2:09 2016-03-05 United StatesDC Armory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA For vacant WBO welterweight title
Win 22-0 United States Francisco Santana UD 10 2015-04-25 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Win 21-0 Argentina Luis Abregú TKO 9 (10), 1:54 2014-11-08 United StatesAtlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Win 20-0 United States Jeremy Bryan SD 10 2014-08-09 United StatesBarclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Win 19-0 United States Michael Clark KO 1 (10), 2:06 2014-04-19 United StatesDC Armory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Win 18-0 Mexico Jesus Selig TKO 6 (10), 0:22 2013-12-07 United StatesBarclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Win 17-0 United States Jay Krupp UD 8 2013-09-30 United StatesBarclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Win 16-0 United States Ronnie Warrior Jr KO 2 (12),2:59 2012-10-27 United StatesAviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Win 15-0 Dominican Republic Franklin Gonzalez TKO 8 (8), 2:22 2012-06-02 United StatesAviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Win 14-0 Germany Boris Berg TKO 6 (8) 2011-09-10 PolandStadion Miejski, Wrocław, Poland
Win 13-0 United States John Revish UD 8 2011-05-20 United StatesPrudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 12-0 Puerto Rico Javier Pérez KO 3 (8), 2:40 2011-04-09 United StatesPrudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 11-0 United States Manuel Guzman UD 8 2010-12-09 United StatesPrudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 10-0 United States Gary Bergeron TKO 2 (8), 2:18 2010-11-06 United StatesPrudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 9-0 Costa Rica Lenin Arroyo KO 5 (8), 2:46 2010-08-21 United StatesPrudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 8-0 United States Julias Edmonds TKO 3 (6), 2:18 2010-07-16 United StatesPrudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 7-0 United States Martinus Clay UD 4 2010-05-21 United StatesCapitale, New York, New York, USA
Win 6-0 United States Jose Duran KO 1 (4), 1:32 2010-03-12 United StatesFoxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA
Win 5-0 United States Jason Thompson UD 4 2010-02-16 United StatesPrudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Win 4-0 United States Osvaldo Rivera UD 4 2009-10-31 United StatesMohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
Win 3-0 United States Bryan Abraham UD 4 2009-4-25 United StatesFoxwoods Resort, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
Win 2-0 United States Ralph Prescott TKO 2 (4) 2009-2-25 United States BB King Blues Club & Grill, Uncasville, New York, USA
Win 1-0 United States Ricky Thompson TKO 1 (4) 2009-1-17 United States Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA Professional debut.


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