Ali dropped Warrior twice in the second round.
Undefeated Welterweight Puts on Dominant Performance
Somehow, someway, undefeated welterweight contender Sadam “World Kid” Ali (16-0, 10 KOs) continues to find ways to become an even more polished fighter with every bout. The latest impressive outing by the former U.S. Olympian occurred on Saturday night at the Aviator Complex in Brooklyn, with the self-promoting Ali dropping veteran Ronnie Warrior (13-8-1, 4 KOs) twice in the second round en route to the 10th knockout of his professional career.
“I had a lot of people in the building and was in the spotlight of Pay-Per-View, so I had to make sure I looked sharp, fast and strong,” Ali said after the dominant victory. “I was being smart in the beginning, not trying to rush into anything. I went in there and did what I had to do.”
Ali, who said he recently added more strength and conditioning into his training regimen, looked fresh from the onset of the opening bell, patiently picking his spots and attacking in numbers when he did. He cautiously popped in and out of confrontation with precise intelligence and did some damage when he threw off his offense. He also started setting up Warrior for what would soon become the closer in the second frame, something that trainers Andre Rozier and Lenny Wilson also witnessed.
“I noticed that when he (Ali) would throw combinations to his opponent, the left was coming down,” Wilson remarked. “So I told him to loop the right hand, which is basically an overhand right.”
Midway through the second round, Ali exploded with a flurry, and the crowd erupted with chants of “ALI-ALI!” However, he still kept to a smart game plan and did not allow himself to get too excited as he continued to cause damage to his opposition. The Brooklyn native would get off his combinations in volume, then roll to his right side before jumping back onto Warrior from a different angle. He eventually approached his opponent with another peppering attack that finished on a short left uppercut. That blow stunned Warrior, who, after backing up a few steps, briefly paused before his equilibrium sent him to this canvas. He would return to his feet as Ali anxiously awaited in the corner, and the unbeaten welterweight pounced as soon as the action continued. He again pushed his counterpart back a few steps on a combination before firing off a flush right hook that violently dropped Warrior for a second time. Unable to beat the 10-count, that would be the end of the night for the Oklahoma native, with the official time of the stoppage coming at 2:59.
“I was surprised when he went down on the first knockdown,” Ali admitted. “I ripped him with a left uppercut to his chin – I guess it grazed his chin – and it caught him unexpectedly. So he went down on that. Then I just got him, and I threw combinations. I saw him step back, and I stepped in with my right hand. I caught him on his jaw, and that’s what he went down from.”
With the win, which was the second for him under his World Kid Promotions banner, Ali continues a brilliant run through the welterweight division. The victory was the third straight stoppage win for the New York resident, who likely plans on returning to action in early 2013.
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