Ali is now 15-0 as a professional.
Ali Earns 8th Round Stoppage of Franklin Gonzalez in Brooklyn
World Kid Promotions made its debut on Saturday night at the Aviator Center in Brooklyn, and promoter Sadam “World Kid” Ali (15-0, 9 KOs) made sure to close out the night in thrilling fashion. Ali was dominant in the main event of the card, cutting down gritty veteran Franklin Gonzalez (15-10, 10 KOs) through seven rounds before scoring an eight round TKO to claim the WBU Americas Welterweight Championship.
“He was a crafty fighter, a south paw. He was very awkward,” Ali said of Gonzalez. “That brings a lot of trouble for people. Honestly, he brought me some trouble after the long layoff I had. I stuck to my guns, I stayed on him. I saw him getting tired, breaking down, trying to survive. I just stepped up the pressure and stayed on him, hit him with some hard shots until he didn’t want anymore. He definitely tried to stick around. But hey, I think the fight went pretty well. I have some things I still have to work on, but the place was packed. I’m excited everyone was happy, so it was a good night.”
Ali used a very intelligent approach in breaking down Gonzalez, cautiously approaching confrontation to avoid making himself vulnerable to the left right hand of his opposition. From the opening bell, he was popping in and out of exchanges, tossing off punches in bunches and dipping out before Gonzalez could land any strikes. Late in the first round, Ali threw a flush counter right cross that rocked his opponent, and he finished off the frame by peppering him with a flurry.
Over the next two rounds, the theme of the bout was pretty much set into place. The head movement and crafty footwork of Ali made him a very elusive target that Gonzalez had a lot of trouble finding, and the World Kid started to cut up his opposition with the precision of a surgeon. Once tasting some of the underrated power of the Brooklyn native, Gonzalez quickly got on the run and became less and less interested in engaging. He initially went into survival mode, and Ali was on a mission to get him out of there.
In the seventh round, Ali blasted Gonzalez with a right hand that buckled his legs in the opening minute. Clearly dazed by the blow, he began to have more problems avoiding the advances of Ali, who began working him to the ropes and unloading a heavy dose of body to head combinations. Late in the frame, Gonzalez looked over to his corner in what seemed to be a request to end the assault, but he would be sent out for the eighth and final round.
The last frame in this bout was the most dominating for Ali, and an early onslaught had Gonzalez again looking to his corner and even spitting out his mouthpiece to buy some time. However, neither approach would work for him. Once Gonzalez had his mouthpiece cleaned and the action resumed, Ali stormed him with a furious combination and then dropped him following a solid left hook. Gonzalez stumbled back to his feet, but Ali was more than ready to finish off the job. He pounced on his opposition and began to throw shots from virtually every angle possible until finally closing the night on a violent right hand that sent Gonzalez flying to the canvas in front of his own corner. Having seen more than enough, the referee in charge stepped in and waved off the fight at the 2:22 mark.
With the win, Ali now improves to 15-0 as a professional. The 2008 U.S. Olympian said after the bout that he plans to return to the ring sometime within the next three months.
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