Edmonds and Ali (right) at the weigh-in at Prudential Center today.
Ali will Open ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights against Julius Edmonds
Newark, N.J. (Thursday, July 15, 2010) – With the final weigh-in taking place at Prudential Center in Newark today, the preparation has finally ended for former U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali (7-0, 3 KOs) for a Friday night pairing with Philadelphia’s Julius Edmonds (7-7). Ali hit the scales at 145 pounds while his counterpart tipped in at 142 pounds, and everything is now set for a huge showdown between these two young welterweights.
“Everything’s feeling good,” Brooklyn native Ali said today following the weigh-in. “I’ve been working hard. I’m ready to go, and it’s right there. It’s tomorrow. I have a lot of people coming down, a lot of people supporting me, and I’m ready to go out and do my thing.”
Things got even better for Ali this morning when notification came to his camp that his bout with Edmonds would open a live telecast of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. The main event of the evening pits Zab Judah (38-6, 26 KOs) against Jose Armando Santa Cruz (28-4, 17 KOs).
“This is my first time being on live as a professional, so you know I’m excited,” Ali stated about opening the broadcast. “It’s coming natural. I’m just ready to go out there and perform to the best of my ability.”
With the bout being just a day away, Ali said that preparation is now complete, and the waiting game for the opening bell has become the most difficult task.
“Right now, I just relax, eat a little bit, drink a little bit, but not too much. I don’t like to stuff myself,” he remarked. “I’m going to relax my muscles until tomorrow. That’s when I let it all out.”
With a nice crowd expected and Ali being a returning fighter to Prudential Center, he could not help but admit that he anticipates a special evening is on the horizon.
“It’s going to be great,” he commented. “They get really loud in there, and it’s a very good rush. I like it!”
Friday Night Fights will hit the ESPN2 airwaves at 9:00 p.m. with Ali and Thompson getting the action started. Before the Judah-Santa Cruz showdown, welterweights Edvan Dos Santos Barros (10-9-1, 7 KOs) and Alex Perez (11-0-0, 7 KOs) will square off as the second bout of the telecast.