Sadam Ali is the No. 1 ranked contender by the WBO at 147 pounds. He waited for a title shot against WBO champ Tim Bradley, craved it, and craves it still.
He was bypassed, in favor of vet Brandon Rios, a bigger name but apparently more deteriorated talent than the Brooklyn-based Ali. Bradley handled Rios with ease, finally knuckling down with body shots and taking the Cali-based boxer out, and to the retirement hammock, on Saturday night in Las Vegas, and on HBO.
Meanwhile, that same Saturday night, Ali got his checkbook ready.
His team told me they are willing to offer promoter Bob Arum $100,000 to NOT block a Bradley vs. Ali fight. Arum for the record, is Bradley’s promoter, while Golden Boy promotes Ali.
Team Ali’s Mahmoud Ali, father of Sadam, told me that Top Rank offered Sadam step aside money, $100,000, as a feel-good offering so Rios could leap-frog Ali. That was turned down, and the Alis hoped the WBO would lay down the law, and stick to their regulations.
That’s a new one to me..a fighter offering a PROMOTER a bounty to help make a fight reach fruition. Boxing, theater of the unexpected. This one certainly fills that bill..