Why wait for success to fall into your lap when you can go out and grab it?
Brooklyn welterweight contender Sadam Ali has answered that question in a big way the last few years. A 2008 Olympian, Ali, owner and operator of World Kid Promotions, promotes himself. He’s currently 15-0 and is ranked eighth by the USBA, 12th by the NABO and No. 15 by the NABF.
Ali will headline a pay-per-view card on October 27 from the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn. Ali’s opponent hasn’t been determined, but he’ll fight in a 10-round co-feature. The other headliner will feature Colombian cruiserweight Santander Silgado (22-0).
“I decided to promote myself because I wanted and needed to stay busy to enhance my professional boxing career. Plus, I wanted to fight at home in Brooklyn, and not many shows are being promoted in New York City,” said Ali, who is believed to be the youngest promoter in the country.
Ali, who also owns Bay Ridge Boxing Gym in Brooklyn, wants to lend a helping hand to other local fighters looking for a break in the business.
“I also wanted to give other fighters here an opportunity to fight, but, honestly, I'm doing this primarily to build my career,” said Ali, who promoted his first show at the Aviator last June. “I won't sign with a promoter until I have the right contract.”
Fighting on his own card on pay-per-view could be the stepping stone Ali needs to turn heads nationally.
"Sadam is promoting himself because he wants to stay busy," said his father and chief advisor Mahmoud Ali. "He has a good fan-base that will tune-in to watch him fight on the Oct. 27 pay per view. He won't wait around for television dates and we believe that, eventually, HBO and Showtime will be interested in airing his fights."