Ali warms up with trainer Victor Roundtree at his gym this past Saturday.
Ali Returns to Ring on Friday at Prudential Center
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Wednesday, July 14, 2010) – Undefeated professional boxer and United States Olympian were already two things that welterweight Sadam Ali (7-0, 3 KOs) could call himself, and now he can add gym owner to that list. This past Saturday, the quickly rising star officially opened up the Sadam Ali Boxing & Fitness Center, located in the Bayridge section of Brooklyn at the intersection of 69th and 5th Avenue.
“I’ve always wanted to open a gym,” Ali remarked. “Honestly, I didn’t think it would come this soon, but I’d like to thank my dad for making it happen, also Everlast, who played a big part.”
Ali couldn’t help but show his enthusiasm at the ribbon cutting this past Saturday.
“I’m really excited,” he said. “This is for the community and anyone who wants to join. Anyone who has dreams of being a boxer, or anyone who just wants to get fit, this is the place for them.”
The spectacular two-floor facility has two rings and an extensive workout floor on the bottom level, and Ali also broke in the gym by giving an open workout to fans and the media this past weekend. The former Olympian will put his perfect record on the line this Friday against Philadelphia’s Julius Edmonds (7-7) at Prudential Center in Newark, fighting on the undercard of the Zab Judah vs. Jose Armando Santa Cruz bill.
“Training has been going really well,” Ali said of preparing for the bout. “I’ve been working really hard. I’m moving up to six rounds, and soon I’m moving up to eight. I’m just excited and ready to go do what I do best.”
Anthony Catanzaro, who is a member of Team Ali and additionally works with former IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Paulie Malignaggi, also showed his excitement regarding Ali’s upcoming fight with Edmonds.
“Sadam is an extremely gifted athlete and dedicated fighter,” he stated. “Sadam’s trainers, Victor Roundtree and Andre Rozier, have done a tremendous job with him. Sadam is very humble and a great student of the game. It’s a real honor to be part of this team.”
This fight will be Ali’s second at Prudential Center, with his first being a convincing unanimous decision victory over Jason Thompson in February. He has since won two more fights and will be the swing bout on Friday to possibly hit the air on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, which is broadcasting from Prudential Center for the first time.