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Former 2008 U.S. Olympian, Sadam "World Kid" Ali (23-1, 13 KOs) has been on the fast track to success in boxing since his professional debut in 2009.
A decorated amateur boxer who was a Junior Olympic, PAL, and Under-19 National Champion, as well as a two-time New York Golden Gloves champ, 27-year-old Sadam Ali reached the pinnacle of the amateur game in 2008 when he represented the United States in the Beijing Olympic Games. Now “World Kid” is on a mission to capture a championship as a professional boxer, a goal that got even closer after his win over Francisco Santana at Madison Square Garden. Born in Brooklyn, the young man of Yemeni descent began boxing at the age of eight, inspired by the career of former featherweight champion Prince Naseem Hamed. He quickly proved to have the type of talent that you usually only see once per era, and he went on to dominate the amateur boxing game, eventually earning a spot on the US Olympic team. Ali would lose his opening round match in the 2008 Games to Romania’s Georgian Popescu, but in January of 2009, he turned pro with a first round TKO of Ricky Thompson. He has since gone on to become an even more popular fighter in the New York / New Jersey area as he’s put together win after win against increasingly tougher opposition. In his most recent fight, on October 27, 2012, Ali knocked out Ronnie Warrior Jr. in the second round. In 2013, Ali signed an exclusive promotional deal with Golden Boy Promotions, and he made his debut under the GBP banner against Jay Krupp on September 30, rising from a first round knockdown to floor Krupp twice and earn a dominant and exciting eight round unanimous decision victory. On December 7, 2013, Ali remained unbeaten with a sixth round technical knockout of 16-1-1 Jesus Selig, ending the biggest year of his career in impressive style. Next, it was on to even bigger and better things in 2014 and Ali delivered with three big wins, knocking out Michael Clark in a single round to win the NABO welterweight title, decisioning Jeremy Bryan to pick up the WBO Intercontinental crown, and stopping 36-1 contender Luis Carlos Abreu in nine. But the most impressive and most important win of his career came over Francisco Santana on April 25, 2015, as he won the WBA International Title and announced that he was ready for a shot at the best in the world at 147 pounds.