Sadam Ali Wins Debut As Promoter-Fighter in Brooklyn
|Written by Chris Wheat, SPECIAL FOR TSS|
|Monday, 04 June 2012 21:25|
Ali gave the fans at the Aviator what they wanted, a KO, over game Franklin Gonzalez on Saturday night.
Fight fans turned out in force Saturday night to cheer on local hero Sadam Ali in his headlining appearance on the inaugural card of his newly- formed World Kid Promotions.
A capacity crowd was in attendance at the Aviator Sports Complex in South Brooklyn as the former Olympian was set to face the tough and experienced Franklin Gonzalez. The undefeated welterweight prospect didn’t disappoint, scoring an 8th round TKO and capturing the WBU Americas Championship in the process.
Having not been in the ring since last September, Ali started slowly with
Ali (age 23; weighed 147 pounds) continued using the right hand in the second pressing the action and staggering Gonzalez (age 36; 146 lbs) after connecting with a straight right hand. His right uppercut also found some openings as well.
The third frame saw Ali getting busier with his jab, while trying to feint
A focused body attack from Ali started the fourth round and he bore down
Trying to capitalize on his strong showing in the previous frame, Ali mounted an aggressive attack in the 5th, perhaps looking for the knockout. His timing was a shade off and he missed with several homerun punches with Gonzalez moving and clinching in an effort to survive the attack.
With world champion Paulie Malignaggi and prospect Gary Stark Jr.
A booming right hand from Ali opened the 7th round and he continued to
The final round found a focused Ali trying to walk down Gonzalez and
The undefeated (15-0, 9 by KO) Ali provided the hometown fans with an exciting finish and won a title. Gonzalez dropped to 15-10.
In the co-feature, New York Golden Gloves champion Jennifer Santiago
The four round distance seemed to tire Santiago, but her focused presence in the ring earned her a unanimous decision against the tough and ready Nebal.
Maine native, currently fighting out of New York City, Steven Gamache
Both fighters began at a busy pace, ready to start the action following some in-ring jawing at one another. Heeding the advice of his father and trainer, former world champion Joey Gamache, Gamache stayed patient and worked behind his jab to win a unanimous decision (40-36) from the judges. Bryant proved to be an awkward opponent who held often. Gamache would benefit from a quick return to the ring to continue to shake off the rust.
Cruiserweight Armin Mrkanovic (2-1) returned to action against Ohio’s Daniel Pietch, who was making his pro debut.
Mrkanovic started slowly and, after hearing his trainer Hector Roca implore
The evening’s opening bout matched two middleweights making their pro debuts.
Brooklyn’s Akil Frederick-Auguste faced New Jersey’s Jamil Gadsen.