Ali continues to impress in the welterweight division (Photo by Augustine Dashiell, Plainfield Sports News).
Ali Knocks Out Lenin Arroyo in 5th Round at Prudential Center
Newark, N.J. (Saturday, August 21, 2010) – The sky continues to be the limit for former U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali (9-0, 5 KOs), who hung the ninth win onto his unblemished record tonight at Prudential Center. Ali showed his superior skill set over veteran fighter Lenin Arroyo (20-12-1, 4 KOs) in his first bout on PayPerView, ending the fight with a fifth round knockout via a vicious body blow.
As soon as he entered the ring, chants of “Ali, Ali” began to verbalize around Prudential Center, and the Brooklyn native did not disappoint. Once the opening bell rang, he immediately became active, working his jab to set up some slick combinations. He quickly laid the foundation of being the aggressor in this bout, cutting down the ring and dialing up a well-plotted game plan. Arroyo tried to press forward at times, but Ali was just too fast for his Costa Rican counterpart and bounced off his advances. After buckling Arroyo with a sharp right cross as the final 30 seconds began to tick off the first round, Ali fired onto his opposition as he tried to get off the ropes.
The second round was more of the same, and Ali wobbled his opponent with a sharp hook in the opening minute. Arroyo tried to look for creases, but Ali offered none and continued to break him down. The Brooklyn native used quick feet and lightning fast hands to land a series of combinations, and Arroyo’s telegraphed punches remained off the mark.
The next two frames stuck to the script, and Ali kept flexing his superiority. When Arroyo pressed forward, Ali fired off combinations. When Arroyo tried to stay on the move, Ali cut the ring and landed some well-crafted punches. Throughout the pair of rounds, he seemed to see and take advantage of every opening that was presented to him, showing incredible footwork all along the way. When the fourth frame concluded, Ali once again had his opposition reeling as he tossed some blistering combinations.
When the bell rang for the fifth round, Arroyo came out throwing haymakers, but Ali used his quickness to make every attempt miss completely. The pace remained the same, and Ali even dropped his arms to entice his opponent on occasion, to which he got a roaring approval from the crowd. In the dying minute of the frame, he cut off Arroyo on the far side of the ring and landed a night-ending duo of left hooks. Ali first hit Arroyo with a left hook to the head and immediately landed a suffering left hook to the body. As a result, Arroyo hit the canvas in pain, and he did not return to his feet. Referee Steve Smoger waved off the fight, and Ali officially took his ninth professional victory at the 2:46 mark of the fifth round.
With the win, Ali continues to fly up the welterweight rankings, and one can only hope that he will again be at Prudential Center on October 2nd when Zab Judah takes on Michael Clark. Luckily for fight fans, we may not have to wait that long, as Ali has proven throughout his career that he will get in the ring as often as possible.