World Kid Promotions will make its debut in Ali's hometown of Brooklyn.
Editorial by John Archibald
In just over three years as a professional fighter, former U.S. Olympian Sadam “World Kid” Ali (14-0, 8 KOs) has emerged into one of the top welterweight prospects on the planet, but the Brooklyn native has also been flexing his entrepreneurial muscles outside of the ring as well. Ali opened his own boxing gym in his hometown in 2010, and the undefeated 23-year-old has now taken things a step further with the launch of his own promotional banner entitled World Kid Promotions.
“It’s not easy to get fights when you’re not signed with anybody, and I want to stay busy, so I decided to promote my own fights to give me the opportunity to keep fighting, stay sharp and keep learning,” Ali said in an exclusive interview with Resolution Sports. “I also want to give opportunities to other fighters who are in the same position as me, to give them a chance to keep fighting and stay busy as well. I’m not the type of promoter who is in it to sign anybody. I’m just promoting so I can promote myself, wherever God takes me is where He takes me.”
The debut of World Kid Promotions will occur on Saturday, June 2nd, when Ali headlines a card at the Aviator Sports and Event Center in Brooklyn. The unbeaten welterweight says his match makers are currently putting together the undercard for that show, and additional bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.
“It’s a great feeling,” Ali said of getting back in the ring. “I haven’t fought since the weekend of September 11th (a stoppage of Boris Berg in Poland on the undercard of Adamek-Klitschko), and I’m ready to go. It’s in Brooklyn and I’m the main event, so there’s a lot of friends and family who want to come out for the fight. I’m also doing my first 10-rounder. I believe I’m one of the youngest promoters out there right now, so this will be making history in a whole another way. That means I’m making history in three ways, and that’s great.”
Most fighters do not reach the type of success that Ali had as an amateur, and most of those who find moderate success on the amateur circuit tend to not transition so well into the professional ranks. Not only has Ali established a strong footprint in the ring since making his pro debut in 2009, the former U.S. Olympian has been finding continual success with his business ventures away from the place he has spent most of his life perfecting the craft of boxing.
“First and foremost, I have to thank God. That’s what makes everything possible for me,” Ali stated about his achievements within the boxing industry. “I also have to thank my father because he helps me with everything. He makes sure I’m humble and respectful. I’m a good guy, so good things come to me.”
While he is never one to look over an opponent as a fighter, Ali the promoter has been somewhat scripting out how things will unfold throughout the rest of 2012, and he said that he looks forward to what the future holds.
“I want to stay busy, and I am going to have another promotional fight with my own promotion,” he confirmed for this year. “I’ll hopefully be back on ESPN soon, maybe Showtime or even HBO in the near future.”
Relative to his successful transition from the amateur ranks to the world of professional boxing, the calm and focused demeanor of Ali has certainly played a huge role in his development as a fighter, as evidenced in his humble response when asked about how he has transformed into a top contender in his weight class.
“I’m definitely a fighter,” he remarked. “To be a very good professional, you have to have a lot more than just one thing. You can be a really good amateur but not a really good professional. As a professional, you have to have a good heart. You have to use your mind and be very smart in the ring because it’s big on mental. You have to possess power, speed and conditioning, and you have to be able to take a punch. There are a lot of things that you need to be a champion, and I believe I have a lot of everything I just named. So I just need to stay focused, stay busy, and everything will be successful.”
Tickets for the debut card of World Kid Promotions on June 2nd are available now, and fight fans can get more information about Ali on his official website at www.SadamAliBoxing.com.