Ali made his record a perfect 18-0 on Saturday night.
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In his last outing against Jay Krupp in September, undefeated welterweight Sadam “World Kid” Ali (18-0, 11 KOs) shook off nearly a year of ring rust against someone who was a very awkward fighter to box. On Saturday night at Barclays Center, Ali proved that nearly any evidence of rust was shaken off in that bout, dominating a game Jesus Selig (12-2-1, 6 KOs) until a halt was called to the bout at the beginning of the sixth round.
"I felt less rusty than my last fight. My opponent had a better record (than Krupp),” Ali said after the win. "I still felt a little rusty, but I know that as I go, I am going to just keep getting better and better."
From the onset of the opening bell, Ali began working behind the jab and an array of “ALI-ALI” chants from the hometown crowd. He was immediately controlling the action from the center of the ring, showing sound defense whenever Selig attempted to mount an offensive attack. He was also displaying his trademark rhythm, bouncing in and out of confrontation while making himself a hard target for his opposition to find.
At times throughout the bout, Selig tried to become the aggressor, but Ali simply responded by staying in the pocket and firing back, which kept the Arizona native on his heels. In the fourth frame, Ali began to throw punches in heavier numbers, also focusing more on breaking down the body of Selig while looking to set up the left hook.
In the fifth frame, Ali was working off the bend, firmly standing his ground and continually coming with numbers when he let his hands go. With just about 15 seconds left in the round, Selig walked right into a hammering right hook from Ali, sending the once-beaten welterweight to the canvas. Selig was able to get back to his feet, but it was clearly evident that Ali was in complete control.
At the start of the sixth frame, Ali walked right to the center of the ring and began firing a series of combinations that landed flush to the head of Selig, who was no longer mounting much of a fight. Just 22 seconds into the round, the referee in charge decided that he was not seeing enough from Selig, and he quickly stepped in and waved off the bout.
"I think the referee saw what was going to happen eventually. Everything was landing,” Ali said of the stoppage. "I like to entertain the crowd so I really wish they wouldn't have stopped it that fast. The crowd wanted to see action, but you have to respect the ref.”
The win made Ali’s record stand at a perfect 18-0, certainly putting the 2008 U.S. Olympian a player in the welterweight rankings. Speaking with team executive Anthony Catanzaro after the fight, he confirmed that Team Ali is expecting some big advancements for the Brooklyn native in 2014.