Sadam Ali Talks Golden Boy Deal, Headlining at the Barclays Center

Ali owns a perfect 16-0 (10 KOs) professional record.

Written by John Archibald, Resolution Sports

Anyone who has witnessed undefeated welterweight Sadam “World Kid” Ali (16-0, 10 KOs) fight in person has not needed much time to realize that the former U.S. Olympian possesses an incredible skill set and was destined to eventually find himself fighting on a big platform. The stage has now been set for that to happen, with the Brooklyn native officially a member of Golden Boy Promotions and slated to make his debut under its banner on September 30th when he headlines a FOX Sports 1 show at the Barclays Center.

“I was just waiting for the right time to sign, waiting for when I was both mentally and physically ready,” Ali said of his thought process that eventually had him ink the Golden Boy deal. “Golden Boy is a great promoter, and I’m very excited to sign with them. I’m ready to take on the big stage and take on the better fights as well in the near future. I’m ready to really put my name out there and really show everyone who I am.”

Despite being just 24-years-old, Ali has experienced incredible success outside of the ring in addition to what he has done inside of it. Led by his father/manager David Ali, long-time boxing executive Anthony Catanzaro, publicist Latif Usman and the rest of a very well-committed team, Ali has opened his own boxing gym and even started his own promotional company, World Kid Promotions. Under that banner, he put on two different shows at the Aviator Center in Brooklyn, headlining both of the cards and scoring stoppage wins in the main events.

Being able to navigate his own professional path, Ali was able to carefully select where he would go in the next phase of his career, and a key element made Golden Boy an immediate front-runner in terms of where he wanted to sign.

“Golden Boy has the Barclays Center, and that is a beautiful thing,” the Brooklyn native remarked. “Also, Golden Boy has the fighters that I need. Our contract is good for both sides, and, most importantly, I’m happy. I know Golden Boy is going to do the right thing, and I’m ready to stay on top with them because I know that they will do the right thing.”

Standing before Ali is his promotional debut for Golden Boy will be gritty veteran Jay Krupp (17-5, 8 KOs), who has been stopped just once in his professional career. Coming into this bout, Ali has ended the night early for seven of his past nine opponents. Along with trainers Andre Rozier and Lenny Wilson, he hopes to continue that streak on the 30th.

“I’m very hype and excited about this fight,” Ali confirmed. “Not only do I get to fight at the Barclays Center, but I also get to be the main attraction. Getting to fight in my hometown on FOX Sports 1 is very beautiful. It’s an amazing feeling. I was expecting to fight October 26th on the Hopkins undercard, and then this opportunity came from out of nowhere. Without hesitation, we knew this was something that we couldn’t pass up. I got in the gym, and I’ve been working really hard towards this fight ever since.”

After being extremely active over the first two years of his professional career, Ali has fought just twice in the past two years, with his last bout going down in October of 2012 at the Aviator Center when he completely overwhelmed Ronnie Warrior, Jr., earning a second round TKO.

“I’m really excited to be fighting again. Look how long it’s been!” Ali laughed. “It’s been a very long time, and I’m just ready to get back at it. The reason for so long of a layoff is because I was really trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with my career, figure out what route God had planned for me. It happened to be Golden Boy, and I’m very happy with it. Everything worked out very well. It’s been a very long time, but I do not feel rusty. I’m ready to go out there and do my thing.”

Like previously stated, anyone who has seen Ali fight before knows what to expect. For anybody who has not had the chance to see him in action, Ali says that they will definitely be entertained.

“For the people who have not seen me fight before, I invite you to my fight, first and foremost,” he said. “I will guarantee you an exciting fight because I am definitely not a boring fighter. Also, I’m different. I’m not like every other fighter. I’m smart in the ring. I’m fast and strong. I’m fun. Like I said, I’m not boring. People don’t want to watch a boring fight, and I understand that. They want to watch some excitement, and that’s what I like to bring to the ring. I don’t only think about winning. I think about exciting my fans.”

As someone who has already achieved an incredible amount of professional success both as a fighter and a businessman, the 24-year-old Ali still feels that he is just barely touching the tip of the iceberg in terms of where he is headed.

“I see great things happening in the future,” he confirmed. “I don’t have any big predictions, but I know Golden Boy is going to do the right thing. I know they’re ready to let me take that stage, and I’m ready myself. I don’t know exactly what the future holds, but be ready for some surprises.”

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