How Do YOU See Abregu vs. Ali Playing Out?

Sadam Ali has it in him, his people think, he thinks…but we won’t know until Saturday night if he can fight that perfect fight, on message, fully focused, chin tucked, against Luis Carlos Abregu.

The bout, a significant step-up, a big risk-big reward special put together by advisor Anthony Catanzaro, will run on HBO, before the Bernard Hopkins-Sergey Kovalev scrap, at Boadrwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Ali’s trainer Andre Rozier told me his kid needs to use his speed, accuracy, mobility and ring generalship, and if he does, he will win. “It’s a tough fight,” the tutor allowed.

Ali’s punches are usually tight, which could and should work against the more free-swinging Argentine, we both agreed. Ali, a Canarsie, Brooklyn resident, must dart in and out, never forget to move, and yes, he could get a signature win.

Catanzaro isn’t BSing, isn’t suggesting his guy holds all cards. “Sadam is the better athlete,” he told me. “He has the better feet and hands and has to have the discipline to stick to the gameplan. It’s the best opponent he’s had to date…but it’s his time.”

Ali (20-0) told me that one to ten, ten being most sure of himself that he’ll get the W, he’s at a ten. He respects the Abregu (36-1) power, in both hands, but notes he can be off balance, look a little sloppy. “I have to fight the perfect fight, I can’t make no mistakes,” he admitted, to his credit.

How do you see this one playing out, friends?

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COMMENTS

-Steve V. :

Abregu TKO-4. Everyone keeps underrating this guy and he keeps knocking them out. In his lone loss, he gave Bradley a darned good fight, and Ali is no Bradley. Steve V.


-Radam G :

Abregu TKO-4. Everyone keeps underrating this guy and he keeps knocking them out. In his lone loss, he gave Bradley a darned good fight, and Ali is no Bradley. Steve V.
Wow! Light-punching Bradley tore his arse up. Abregu is plain and simple. Ali may not be much better. I see a boring match that might in a draw or gift for Ali. Holla!


-the Roast :

Don't even care. This fight will just give us a chance to get more psyched up, down a drink or two and pace around. I hope it's not too boring and it ends in a knockout!!


-oubobcat :

Don't even care. This fight will just give us a chance to get more psyched up, down a drink or two and pace around. I hope it's not too boring and it ends in a knockout!!
Put those drinks down quickly, this fight is not going long. Ali is chinny and has major defensive flaws that have been exposed by much lesser fighters recently (Jay Krupp and Jeremy Bryan). Agregu is going to destroy Ali. I see a vicious knockout in the 2nd round here as I am putting down a Great Lakes Christmas Ale myself.


-oubobcat :

Wow! Light-punching Bradley tore his arse up. Abregu is plain and simple. Ali may not be much better. I see a boring match that might in a draw or gift for Ali. Holla!
Styistically Bradley was a bad match for Abregu. But also Abregu did get better after that fight. Ali has just too many defensive flaws (hands too low, pulls straight back a lot, leaves his chin exposed) and has a questionable chin. And is not nearly as quick as that Bradley that Abregu many years ago. After a feeling out process early, I see Abregu timing Ali as he tries to pull straight back and lands a vicious right that puts Ali out.


-Bernie Campbell :

Abregu vs Ali... Dont be so sure about the matchup? Abregu was a beast but drifted into obscurity for some good reason! Ali gets his chance to shine! Relatives on the other side (Yemen) have been experiencing political pressures...Climate change...fending off tribal idiot mercenerys....sex change operations...In recent times...politics seem all tied in with talent in Boxing! On a 3-1 favorite with abrigu..Smart moneys on Ali....


-the Roast :

Bernie with the call!