Ali Looks To Defend Title Against Brook
WBO super welterweight champion, Sadam Ali recognizes he has more leverage at 154 pounds. Which is why Ali believes that he will defend his new title in his next fight, rather than going back down to welterweight.
“Personally, I felt strong at 54,” Ali told BoxingScene.com.
“I felt really good in there. I have the world title, so I don’t see why I should go back down.”
Ali won the title by a shocking unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto on December 2nd at Madison Square Garden. Since beating Cotto in his final fight, various 154-pounders, including former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook and WBC super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo, have called out Ali.
“Of course they’re gonna wanna call me out now,” Ali said.
“They see that I’m just coming up to the weight class. They see that I have the world title. They might think that they have the chance to easily beat me, which they would be wrong. But I don’t blame anybody that’s interested in fighting me, just like I was interested in fighting Cotto. It was for a world title, against a legend. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Some people are looking at [fighting me] like it’s for a world title. Why wouldn’t they try to call me out or make the fight happen? They would like that.”
If Brook wins his March 3 fight against Belarus’ Siarhei Rabchanka, Ali would welcome the chance to box Brook
“That would be a great fight,” Ali said.
“But that’s also something I would leave with Golden Boy [Promotions]. I don’t know, honestly, who I’ll be fighting. I’m really aiming big. A lot of people might think, ‘Oh, Sadam won’t be ready. He won’t be able to handle it.’ But I’m talking bigger fights, guys like Pacquiao, Canelo. I like big challenges and like I said, I fear nothing but God. It would be amazing to have a huge fight like that, and I feel like I would do fine.”