WHEN your surname is Ali and you’re a heavyweight, the pressure to be like ‘The Greatest’ must be on.
But 19-year-old Kash Ali, who will debut on Ryan Rhodes’ return at Rotherham’s Magna centre on November 26, has all the confidence he needs from the famous boxing training team.
The fighter from Eastwood, in Rotherham, is trained by the Ingles in Wincobank and will be up against another debutant in Wakefield’s James Oliphant over four rounds.
His belief is soaring and he believes he’s in the best possible hands as he enters the unpredictable world of pro boxing.
He told The Star: “There’s nobody in boxing that knows as much as Brendan and Dominic and they’ve told me I’m ready to turn pro - and that’s all I needed to hear. I’ve only had three amateur fights but they believe in me and I’m very confident.”
Ali is an imposing teenager, standing at six feet four and having sparred with the giant Richard Towers has experience of mixing it with big guys already.
“Richard is obviously more experienced than me and I am entering pro boxing quite early but my team think I’m ready,” he said.
Towers is impressed with the potential of his stablemate.
“Kash is one to watch,” he said. “He’s already dangerous and he’s only just started! He’s training two or three times a day so he’s taken it very seriously.”
Another teenager, Louis Rutherford, from Rawmarsh will debut on the same bill.