Sadam Ali Is Ready For His First Title Defense
Six months removed from his crowning moment inside Madison Square Garden, Sadam Ali is no longer the underdog.
Holding court at New York City’s Del Frisco’s steakhouse, Ali spent this week being the center of attention, instead of being known as the “challenger.”
Ali gained his title in what some called an upset victory against Miguel Cotto in December of last year.
Ali played spoiler in that title fight, but now feels confident walking into the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY to face Jaime Munguia for his WBA Super Welterweight championship
“I’m gonna be even better this time (against Munguia),” Ali told FIGHT SPORTS on Wednesday. That he’s working “just as hard” as a champion as he was as the challenger.
Even with the same work ethic, there is a big difference now for Ali, as “everyone’s calling me out,” the champ said.
“I got that belt, everyone want it. Even people I don’t know are calling me out and claiming they’d beat me up.”
Ali knows that with the power of that title, comes the responsibility of defending and keeping it. Being a champion means “you have to work harder to keep that belt,” and going up against the 21-year-old knockout artist, will be a big test for the Brooklyn native.
Munguia has knocked out all but four opponents in his career, and only going to a decision twice in his last ten fights. While this is the toughest test of Munguia’s career, he’s been able to fight seven times in the last two years, and twice already in 2018, which shows he’s conditioned and ready for a championship level fight.
Sadam Ali has had a much more selective schedule as Golden Boy views him as the next “project” for the promotion. The win over Cotto proved that Ali can shine in the main event, and now he has to fulfill the promise he showed inside Madison Square Garden this past December.
With a win, Ali may be set up for a Super Welterweight unification, whether it be against Jarrett Hurd, holder of the IBF and WBA titles, or Jermell Charlo, WBC champion. Both fighters are coming off of dominant performances, and if Ali is able to put down Munguia on Saturday night, the phone may be ringing at Golden Boy HQ.
Sadam Ali and Jaime Munguia square off on Saturday May 12th, for Ali’s WBO Super Welterweight Championship at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
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