Ali’s fast track re­turn to ring

Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS -

ROCHDALE boxer Muham­mad Ali will make a speedy re­turn to the ring when he is back in ac­tion on Satur­day for his third pro­fes­sional fight.

It’s been a per­fect start for Ali in his ca­reer so far, win­ning both of his con­tests that have taken place in the last cou­ple of months.

He made his de­but in Septem­ber when he de­feated An­drej Cepur on points af­ter four rounds, be­fore fol­low­ing that up with an­other points win, de­feat­ing Danny Lit­tle on Novem­ber 17.

Both of those fights took place at Vic­to­ria Ware­house in Manch­ester, and Ali now re­turns just three weeks later to com­pete on a bill at the Bolton Whites Ho­tel next to the Macron Sta­dium.

Ali is keen to stay busy dur­ing the open­ing stages of his ca­reer, af­ter be­com­ing the first UK boxer with type one di­a­betes to be granted a pro­fes­sional li­cense.

Speak­ing af­ter his last win a few weeks ago, Ali said:

“I felt great in the ring against Danny Lit­tle. I didn’t force my work in there and I was on my toes a lot. I’ve been work­ing a lot on my feet.

“I was nice and sharp in there and picked my shots. We had made a lot of ad­just­ments for that camp and we did some good work.

“I was break­ing Danny down and I think the longer rounds will suit me bet­ter.”

Ali is part of a packed bill that is tak­ing place on Satur­day, with the main event see­ing Ma­son Cartwright take on Ryan Kelly in a wel­ter­weight fight.

Both men head into the fight with just one de­feat each on their re­spec­tive records, with Cartwright los­ing to Darren Tet­ley back in May, whileKelly was beaten by Adam Harper in 2017.

There are a num­ber of other up and com­ing prospects on the bill as well, in­clud­ing James Moor­croft, with the un­beaten su­per-wel­ter­weight look­ing to ex­tend his un­beaten record to 9-0 when he faces Wil­liam Warburton.

Fel­low un­beaten fighter Jack Kil­gan­non is on the card too, as he goes up against Jor­dan Gran­num in a six round bout.

Jack Cullen will at­tempt to make it four wins in a row since suf­fer­ing a set­back de­feat when he re­turns, plus Micky El­li­son is also in ac­tion as he looks to round the year off with a vic­tory.

The likes of Sean Ben Mul­li­gan, Mark Jef­fers, Casey Con­nelly, An­drew Flem­ing, Jack Raf­ferty and Jamie Mitchell are on the card too. Due to it be­ing packed full of tal­ent, the start time for the event has been brought for­ward to 5:30pm.

Tick­ets for the event are still avail­able and can be bought on the door at the Bolton Whites Ho­tel dur­ing tonight’s event.

Ash­ley Do­herty

Muham­mad Ali is back in ac­tion at the Macron Sta­dium this evening

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