Ali (left) won by scores of 80-72 on all three cards.
Ali Swept Cards against Manuel Guzman on Thursday
Former U.S. Olympian and quickly rising star welterweight Sadam Ali (11-0, 6 KOs) was back in action on Thursday, and he did not disappoint the over 8,000 fans who came out to Prudential Center for an exciting night of boxing. In front of Ali was a game Manuel Guzman (7-10-2, 3 KOs), who took the bout the distance before the judges gave a clean sweep on the cards to Ali.
“He was a tough fighter, and he came to fight,” Ali said after the bout. “He knew what he was going up against. It was my first time going eight rounds – the most rounds I had ever been through was five. It was a good learning experience.”
As far as what went on between the ropes, it was another clinic by the crafty Ali. The Brooklyn native used remarkable head and footwork throughout the eight frames, firing off loaded combinations at each opening he saw. Ali also kept his head on a constant swivel, which prevented him from ever receiving much damage. Despite this being his longest professional fight, he looked just as refreshed at the final bell as he did at the start of the opening round.
Chants of “Ali, Ali” rang throughout Prudential Center at multiple times during this bout, which seemed to ignite an already intense focus for Ali. He remained in control of the pace and flow of the fight for the entire eight rounds of action, and it was another rather dominating performance by the highly skilled welterweight prospect. When the 24 minutes of boxing eventually concluded, three counts of 80-72 were revealed by the ringside judges.
“I’ll just go back to the gym and train harder,” Ali stated about the next step in his professional career. “The rounds are only going to go up more: 8, 10, 12. So you guys (media) know I can go eight now against somebody who is not just standing there looking at me. He kept the pressure on me.”
Ali was extremely active in 2010, winning seven fights while seeing two more removed from the docket when no opponents were able to be found for reserved bouts. The pace of his fight schedule will likely slow a bit in comparison over the upcoming calendar year, but it appears at the moment that there is not a whole lot that can impede the rocketing rise of this star prospect to the upper echelon of his weight class.
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