Sadam 'World Kid' Ali (26-1, 14 KOs) defends his WBO World Super-Welterweight Title against hard-hitting former World Champion and mandatory challenger Liam 'Beefy' Smith (26-1-1, 14 KOs) in New York on May 12th, live on BoxNation.
Ali, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, has always displayed the skills of a future World Champion. The 29-year-old pride of Brooklyn, held multiple regional titles and scored important wins against the likes of Francisco Santana, Luis Carlos Abregu and former interim WBA World Super Lightweight Champion Johan Perez.
Though suffering a setback in a Welterweight title fight against Jessie Vargas, Ali silenced his doubters by moving up to 154 pounds to defeat future Hall-of-Famer Miguel Cotto last December. The newly-crowned WBO Champon now faces a tough challenge in Smith, a former holder the same title.
"It felt great to accomplish my dream of becoming World Champion," said Ali. "I’m excited to defend my title and to demonstrate that it is not up for grabs. Liam Smith is a great fighter and I’m sure he’ll be ready, but so will I."
Smith, the first of an impressive stable of brothers to win a World Title, is a 29-year-old Liverpudlian. After scoring 20 impressive victories as a professional, Smith defeated John Thompson via seventh-round TKO to capture the WBO crown in October 2015.
Smith then faced Canelo Alvarez in front of over 50,000 fans at AT&T Stadium in Texas. He lost the title in an impressive show of heart and determination, and after three consecutive victories, he is ready to regain the belt that was once his.
"I’m very happy that we’ve got this fight," said Liam Smith. "I’m looking forward to pitting myself against a good fighter in Sadam Ali, a former Olympian and now World Champion who is coming off the back of a good win against Miguel Cotto. I’m confident going into this fight. I know I’m naturally the bigger man, and that will come into play, especially in the type of fight that I think it will be."