Sadam Ali Stops Luis Carlos Abregu in Round Nine

Luis Carlos Abregu took on Brooklyner Sadam Ali in the HBO TV opener from Boardwalk Hall on Saturday night, in a tangle of welters, and scored a heckuva an upset special. This was a high risk, high reward tussle, and Ali came away with a load of chips. He boxed super smart, and made a rusty Abregu look like a less accomplished pro than he is. He stopped a dog tired Abregu two minutes into the ninth, and he can savor a heavy buzz. This was a rock solid upset, and his team deserves credit, in this age of safety first, for taking a risk, and coming up aces.

The 30 year-old Abregu, from Argentina, came in at 36-1 (WBC No. 2 welter) while the 26-year-old Ali (WBO Intl champ), a 2008 US Olympian, was 20-0 entering.

In the first, Ali jabbed, moved, and shook off a left hook midway through. Abregu was getting warmed up.In the second, Ali popped a jab, more of a stay away from me jab. The crowd booed some. Ali stayed smart, popped and slid away. He moved his head, and his feet, and won the round. He did get stung a tad late and Abregu perked up.

In the third, the crowd booed to start the round, because of lack of action. Movement won the round again for Ali. In the fourth, Ali’s legs were the difference maker again. Abregu missed badly, often.

In the fifth, Ali got bolder, looking to bang with the right. In the sixth, down went Abregu. A right hand did it. Ali got bold, started attacking. He caught Abregu coming in.

In the seventh, we heard Harold Lederman call the fight a mismatch and Max Kellerman give Ali credit, for his coming out party effort.

In the eighth, a left hook by Ali wowed the crowd. Abregu stood straight and tall and ate clean shots more often by now. Ali still moved a bunch, and we wondered if he’d tire late. Trainer Andre Rozier told Ali to stay smart, use a jab, and the one-two, not get silly.

In the ninth, Abregu got wobbled by a heavy left. His right eye was cut, his legs looked heavy. He went down, with 1:26 left. Ali hammered him, and then the ref stepped in. It was over. Bigtime upset.

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COMMENTS

-brownsugar :

You don't see that very often.... Perfect footwork without and hint of slowing down. Perfectly timed leads thrown with an economy of motion...and textbook book counter shots delivered antiseptically. No wasted punches. Plenty of Patience and cunning. It seems like I've heard this guys name being floated around for nearly a decade with no results and Ali finally surfaces on the undercard of the biggest lightheavyweight bout in years and totally destroys the rugged Abrego in methodical yet stunning fashion. I personally think Sadam Ali is a better prospect than Khan, Thurman, and Algieri. I also believe the aging Mayweather had better not get anywhere near this kid unless he's hiring him for sparring practice. Ali is one of the most accurate and calculating fighters I've seen in a decade. The bar has been raised.


-Radam G :

Sadam Ali is aight. I never believe the hype about Abregu anyway. Ali had an early carving of a turkey. He did it up strutting like a pea?o?k. Around that squared jungle, he made the overhype Abregu flock like a turkey. From the jump, Ali had the fight on lock. And looked as solid as a rock. Holla!


-The Commish :

Sadam Ali is aight. I never believe the hype about Abregu anyway. Ali had an early carving of a turkey. He did it up strutting like a pea?o?k. Around that squared jungle, he made the overhype Abregu flock like a turkey. From the jump, Ali had the fight on lock. And looked as solid as a rock. Holla!
I'm more with you, Radam, on Ali being in the right ring at the right time against the right opponent than I am about how calculating and cunning and swift, elusive and precise he was. There is no question this was a much different Sadam Ali than the one we saw last August taking a split decision over Jeremy Bryan and a different Sadam Ali than the one who was decked on the way to beating Jay Krupp in September 2013 at the Barclay's Center. However, this Ali was content to lay back--even after he had Abregu hurt on two separate occasions--and box, picking his shots and staying onthe move. Not until the crushing knockdown of Abregu did Ali show anything resembling killer instinct or a desire to mix it up. I do agree that Ali is going to be a force in the welterweight division in another year, but I just don't see him beating many of the other future stars in the 147-pound division, including Keith Thurman and Errol Spence. Ali's win was certainly an improvement over his last few performances, though. -Randy G.


-Radam G :

I'm more with you, Radam, on Ali being in the right ring at the right time against the right opponent than I am about how calculating and cunning and swift, elusive and precise he was. There is no question this was a much different Sadam Ali than the one we saw last August taking a split decision over Jeremy Bryan and a different Sadam Ali than the one who was decked on the way to beating Jay Krupp in September 2013 at the Barclay's Center. However, this Ali was content to lay back--even after he had Abregu hurt on two separate occasions--and box, picking his shots and staying onthe move. Not until the crushing knockdown of Abregu did Ali show anything resembling killer instinct or a desire to mix it up. I do agree that Ali is going to be a force in the welterweight division in another year, but I just don't see him beating many of the other future stars in the 147-pound division, including Keith Thurman and Errol Spence. Ali's win was certainly an improvement over his last few performances, though. -Randy G.
Ditto! Roger DAT! I'm riding shotgun with 'cha. Holla!


-SKY :

I think this was a very impressive performance by Ali and he deserves full credit for this win. It should be remembered that a Luis Carlos Abregu with an injured hand was more in the fight against a pound for pound level fighter in Timothy Bradley than an uninjured Abregu ever was against Ali. While Abregu may have been a little rusty, I don't think it had any impact on the outcome, as it looked as if Ali was a different class of fighter than Abregu. I think I need to see more of Ali to really judge how good he is, but based off of this performance against a quality fighter it seems as if Ali would be able to hold his own against many of the top welterweights.


-The Commish :

I think this was a very impressive performance by Ali and he deserves full credit for this win. It should be remembered that a Luis Carlos Abregu with an injured hand was more in the fight against a pound for pound level fighter in Timothy Bradley than an uninjured Abregu ever was against Ali. While Abregu may have been a little rusty, I don't think it had any impact on the outcome, as it looked as if Ali was a different class of fighter than Abregu. I think I need to see more of Ali to really judge how good he is, but based off of this performance against a quality fighter it seems as if Ali would be able to hold his own against many of the top welterweights.
So true. Great post and welcome to your maiden voyage. Another 9,703 and you'll pass Radam--but only if he stops posting! -Randy G.