United States Olympian and Brooklyn native Sadam “World Kid” Ali has been hitting his gym at 6825 5th Ave this week in preparation for a highly anticipated Saturday bout at Aviator Sports Complex [3159 Flatbush Ave] in Marine Park.
Born and raised in Brooklyn by his Yemeni-born parents, Ali has four sisters and a brother. He began boxing at the Bed-Stuy Boxing Club at the age of eight, after being inspired by Yemeni-British boxer “Prince” Naseem Hamed.
After participating in the 2008 Olympics, Ali had his pro-boxing debut on January 17, 2009, handily defeating opponent Ricky Thompson in just 1:42.
Then, right here in Brooklyn less than a year later, the 2008 U.S. Olympic lightweight and first Arab-American boxer to go to the Olympics scored an “overwhelming second-round knockout” of New Orleans’ Gary Bergeron (12-6, 7 KOs), who, according to reports “had no answers for anything Ali threw at him.”