Ali will look to go 13-0 on Friday night.
Former U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali (12-0, 7 KOs) will put his perfect professional record on the line when he faces a game John Revish (10-3-2, 8 KOs) in the co-feature of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights tomorrow evening. Taking place at the AmeriHealth Pavilion, which is located at Prudential Center in Newark, Ali and Revish will be the final bout of the night before Joel Julio (36-4, 31 KOs) and Anges Adjaho (25-5, 14 KOs) get busy in the main event of the nationally televised card.
"I always come to fight, but I'm even more excited now because I know that he (Revish) is coming to fight, so I've got to be ready,” Ali said at the official press conference this week. “I'm ready mentally. I'm ready physically. I'm ready to go out there and do what I do best. He's very hungry, and he wants to take the win, but I'm hungry, too. You guys are going to see a fight."
Also known as the World Kid, Ali has been extremely active since turning professional in 2009, starting up his career with 12 consecutive victories, with seven of those wins coming by way of knockout. He has quickly become one of the top must-see fighters in the game and has already found himself having some significant difficulty in finding opponents.
“The thing that strikes me about John (Revish) is that he is the first person, as far as I know, that has ever asked to fight Sadam Ali,” Main Events CEO Kathy Duva remarked. “Jolene (Mizzone, Main Events matchmaker)'s challenge every time we do one of these shows is finding someone who wants to fight Sadam Ali, because nobody seems to want to. Apparently, John called to ask for the fight and has trained for five weeks. Because Sadam's opponents tend to fall out multiple times in a promotion, I don't know if he's ever fought anyone who knew about the fight more than about a week before. I feel this is going to be a terrific fight."
After suffering just a single defeat in his first 12 professional pairings, Revish is winless in his past three bouts, including two consecutive losses. Now looking to get his career back on track, the Louisiana native says he enters this fight with everything on the line.
"The last two fights didn't turn out the way I wanted them to, but I am here to win,” he commented. “I can't lose this fight. It means too much to me right now. I'm ready to rumble, and I'll never back down. I'm ready for a war, and everybody better expect to see some sparks fly."
Tickets are still on sale for this show, ranging from $33 for general admission to $103 to sit ringside. The first bout of the night is slated for 7:00 p.m. with the ESPN2 broadcast getting underway at 9:00 p.m.