Former junior middleweight titleholder Sadam Ali was expected to have an easy tune-up tonight against Anthony Young, but the welterweight fight went all wrong for Ali from the start, with Young shocking the world by stopping Ali in the third round.
Atlantic City’s Young (21-2, 8 KO) started fast in this one, coming out and putting pressure on Ali (27-3, 14 KO) from the get-go, connecting on some good power shots in the first round, and controlling the pace and action of the fight.
Young hurt Ali with a body shot in the third round and just kept connecting on power punches, eventually leading referee Robert Byrd no choice but to step in and stop the fight at 2:38 of the third round, as Ali just wasn’t fighting back enough and wasn’t competitive.
It’s an absolutely huge loss for the 30-year-old Ali, who’s been a pro for a decade and looks like his best days are behind him, but a massive win for the 31-year-old Young, who took up boxing when he was 19 and didn’t have near the amateur career that Ali did.
“I just wanted to let the welterweight division know I’m a real player,” Young said after the fight. “Stopping him in the fashion I did — I just want to let everyone know at 147, I’m here.”
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13-1 Underdog Anthony Young Stops Former World Champion Sadam Ali! pic.twitter.com/zrruCJkVZq