Sadam Ali To Fight Liam Smith In May
Following his career making win against Miguel Cotto, Sadam Ali will defend his WBO junior middleweight championship for the first time on May 12th in Verona, New York.
Ali will be set up against the number one contender for his championship, Liam Smith, who is a former WBO junior middleweight champion.
Smith won the title by defeating John Thompson, made two defenses of the title before losing to Canelo Alvarez in 2016.
Ali is ready to defend his titles against all comers, and is excited to face off against the former champion.
“It felt great to accomplish my dream of becoming world champion,” said Sadam 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 is riding a three fight win-streak into his May 12th face-off with Ali, and feels his size will give him the advantage against the new champion.
“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.”
Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions believes that this is a proving ground fight for the new champion, claiming that, “being in the ring with a hungry fighter with a world championship belt on his resume like Liam Smith will be nothing new to Ali. Sadam will prove yet again he’s someone to watch out for in the division.”