2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam “World Kid” Ali (16-0, 10 KOs) stopped Ronnie “The Natural Warrior, Jr. (13-8-1, 4 KOs) in the second round of Saturday night’s main event at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York
Undefeated welterweight prospect Ali shined bright at home on a show that he also promoted. The well-rounded boxer took control in the opening round, dropped Warrior midway through the second with a short left, and finished him off with a perfectly thrown right at 2:59.
“I worked hard for this and I want to thank everybody for this opportunity,” Ali said after the fight. “I hope I’m eligible to do more television events. I’m trying to get better opponents but sometimes fights fall out (Ali’s original opponent Jermaine White was replaced by Warrior on two days notice). The better fighters cost a lot of money and I’m not in that position yet. I’m ready to step up.
“I want to keep my promotional company going, enhance my career and stay busy. I also want to help other fighters because I know how hard it is getting fights without a promoter.”
In a non-title fight, WBC FECARBOX cruiserweight champion Santander “Cha-Cha” Silgado (23-0, 18 KOs) defeated Joell Godfrey (15-9-1, 6 KOs) for the second time in two months. Silgado won an eight-round decision over Godfrey this past August and repeated that outcome in the co-feature against his late replacement.
Colombia-native Silgado, now residing in Brooklyn, is rated No. 8 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 10 in the World Boxing Association (WBA). Godfrey has never been stopped in 25 professional fights.
Three-time Egyptian Olympian Ramadan “Holy Man” Yasser (8-0, 5 KOs) engaged in an old-fashioned brawl with Philadelphia cruiserweight Tim Johnson (4-2, 2 KOs). Yasser, who now lives in New York City, dropped Johnson in the first and fifth rounds en route to unanimous six-round decision to remain undefeated.
One-fisted Queens (NY) cruiserweight Michael Costantino, who was born without a right hand, won his pro debut by second-round technical knockout of Nathan Ortiz (0-3). Costantino hurt Ortiz with several strong lefts until Ortiz, turned his back, signaling his corner that he didn’t want to continue fighting.
Manhattan light middleweight Stevie Gamache (4-0, 1 KO) kept his unbeaten record intact, taking all four rounds from a game Jose Angel Ortiz (4-11-1, 1 KO). Gamache is trained by his father, two-time, two-division world champion Joey Gamache.
Boxers in attendance supporting the show included Paulie Malignggi, Junior Jones, Luis Colazzo, Vinny Maddalone, Maureen Shea, Gary Stark, Gabriel Bracero and Will Rosinsky.
Brooklyn bantamweight Jennifer Santiago (2-0) pitched a shutout, winning all four rounds against Ivan “Boo Boo” Coleman (0-3). Light middleweight Shawn Cameron (3-0, 2 KOs) won a battle of previously unbeaten Brooklyn fighters with a four-round decision over Mamadou Doumbia (1-1).
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Sadam Ali’s corner
(Winners listed first)
Santander Silgado (23-0, 18 KOs), Brooklyn, NY
WDEC8 (80-72, 79-72, 78-74)
Joell Godfrey (15-9-1, 6 KOs), East St. Louis, IL
Ramadan Yasser (8-0, 5 KOs), New York, NY
WDEC6 (59-53, 59-54, 58-54)
Tim Johnson (4-2, 2 KOs), Philadelphia, PA
Michael Costantino (1-0, 1 KO), Queens, NY
Nathan Ortiz (0-3), Crystal River, FL
Steven Gamache (4-0, 1 KO), Manhattan, NY
WDEC4 (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)
Jose Angel Ortiz (4-11-1, 1 KO), Springfield, MA
Shawn Cameron (3-0, 2 KOs), Brooklyn, NY
WDEC4 (40-36, 40-36, 39-37)
Mamadou Doumbia (1-1), Brooklyn, NY
Sadam Ali (16-0, 10 KOs), Brooklyn, NY
Ronnie Warrior, Jr. (13-8-1, 4 KOs), Oklahoma City, OK
Female Bantamweights (4)
Jennifer Santiago (2-0), Brooklyn, NY
WDEC4 (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)
Ivana Coleman (0-3), Sidell, LA