Sadam Ali was born on September 26,1988 and is an American professional boxer who held the WBO junior middleweight title from 2017 to 2018.
31 Facts About Sadam Ali
Sadam Ali challenged once for the WBO welterweight title in 2016.
Sadam Ali was raised there by his Yemeni-immigrant parents, and has four sisters and a brother.
Sadam Ali is a Junior Olympic National Champion, a PAL National Champion, a U-19 National Champion, and a two-time New York City Golden Gloves champion.
In 2006, Sadam Ali won the National Golden Glove Championship in the featherweight division in 2006 at the age of 17.
In 2007, Sadam Ali moved up to lightweight and again won the National Golden Glove Championship in his new division.
Sadam Ali is only the second boxer to win it in two different weight classes in consecutive years in New York.
However, in August 2007, Sadam Ali defeated Belemontes and finished in first place in the lightweight division at the US Olympic Trials in Houston, becoming the first boxer from the five boroughs of New York City to win at the trials since Riddick Bowe in 1988.
Sadam Ali was the first Arab-American to represent the United States in the Olympics.
Sadam Ali was eliminated in a competitive second round match by Armenia's Hrachik Javakhyan.
Three weeks after the Chicago tournament, Sadam Ali participated in a "USA vs China and Kazakhstan" exhibition event held in Zunyi.
Sadam Ali accepted a voluntary indefinite suspension on November 22,2007.
However, he maintained his innocence and appealed to the International Boxing Association to overturn the test results, Sadam Ali hired an attorney to challenge the findings and allegations.
Sadam Ali argues he had taken Cathine inadvertently after contracting a cold in China, but widespread use of stimulant drug Khat is known among the Yemeni American community.
In February 2008, Sadam Ali agreed to drop his challenges in exchange for a three-month ban retroactive to the date on which he had originally accepted his voluntary suspension.
Sadam Ali defeated Jesus Cuadro of Venezuela in the quarterfinal round, and Juan Nicolas Cuellas of Argentina in the semifinal round.
On January 17,2009, Sadam Ali made his pro debut and needed just 1:42 to defeat Ricky Thompson.
Sadam Ali recorded a third round stoppage of Julias Edmunds in his first live televised fight on ESPN on July 16,2010, at The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Sadam Ali returned to The Prudential Center on August 21,2010, in his second televised bout and knocked out Lenin Arroyo on the undercard to Tomas Adamek versus Michael Grant.
Sadam Ali started fast, hammering a defensive Bergeron in the first round.
Sadam Ali was landing solid uppercuts and left hands to the body before dropping him with a left hook to the chin.
Bergeron survived, but Sadam Ali was crushing him with combinations as the round came to an end.
Sadam Ali dropped him with an uppercut and was smashing him until a three-punch combination to the head badly staggered him again, forcing referee Lindsey Paige to stop the fight at 2 minutes, 18 seconds.
Sadam Ali signed with Golden Boy Boxing on June 24,2013 to promote his boxing career.
On November 8,2014, Sadam Ali took on Juan Carlos Abregu and was heading into the fight as a big underdog.
Sadam Ali had upset the odds and defeated Abregu, the fight was stopped in the 9th round and ruled as a TKO victory which meant Sadam Ali had won the welterweight title.
Sadam Ali had knocked down his opponent in the 6th and 9th round before the fight had been stopped.
Sadam Ali was quoted after the fight saying, "I'm thrilled with my victory," Sadam Ali said.
Sadam Ali took a step up in class to fight Californian volume puncher Jessie Vargas in March 2016 for the WBO welterweight title left vacant by Timothy Bradley.
Mungia proved to be too big and too strong for Sadam Ali, dropping him twice in round one, once in round two and once in round four, before the referee had seen enough.
Sadam Ali showed a lot of heart in the fight, but Mungia simply dominated all of the rounds.