Guzman and Ali square off on Thursday night.
Welterweight Match-Up Slated for Thursday
The star of welterweight Sadam Ali (10-0, 6 KOs) has been burning bright, and the former U.S. Olympian will look to increase that shine on Thursday night when he faces Manuel Guzman (7-9-2, 3 KOs) on the Adamek-Maddalone bill at Prudential Center. The weigh-ins for the card were conducted on Wednesday afternoon, with Ali tipping the scales at 147 pounds and Guzman coming in at 145.
“I feel good. I made my weight, like always, so I’m ready to fight tomorrow,” Ali said following the weigh-ins. “It’s going to be an exciting night. There’s going to be a lot of good fights. I’m ready to go out there and do my job.”
The topic of the day on Wednesday was weight, and Ali discussed the hardships of shredding pounds to meet fight requirements.
“It’s tough. There are a lot of things that come with boxing,” he stated. “It’s not only ‘get in there and knock him out.’ It’s not that easy. You have to make weight, you have to be ready, you have to be in really good shape. There are a lot of things that come with it.”
It takes a special breed of an athlete to have the guts to get in the ring and bang with another man, and nerves are something that certainly come into play, whether a fighter admits it or not.
“If boxers tell you they don’t have any nerves, they’re lying to you,” Ali remarked. “You’re going to have nerves no matter what. I’m not saying I’m scared because I’m never scared. Just a little nervous, but it’s good nerves. Those nerves keep me on point. They keep me ready, and I like the feeling.”
Another feeling that Ali enjoys is the sensation of winning, and the Brooklyn native will look for his 11th straight victory as a professional fighter on Thursday night. Guzman has never been stopped in any of the 18 bouts on his resume, and Ali is making sure not to overlook the Puerto Rican boxer.
“I don’t underestimate anybody I get in the ring with,” he confirmed. “One punch can change the whole fight, so you can’t underestimate anybody no matter what. That’s how some people fall, when they underestimate. It’s so hard to get up there, but it’s so easy to fall.”
Doors open at Prudential Center on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. with the first fight slated for 30 minutes later. The main card of the evening, which includes Ali-Guzman, will also air live on Pay-Per-View.