Rotherham’s Kash Ali says he can be a world champion ahead of IBF European heavyweight title fight in Sheffield
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Speaking ahead of his shot at the vacant IBF European title in Sheffield on Friday, the Rotherham-based fighter admitted he is currently best known for the 2019 incident which saw him disqualified against the popular scouser and former Olympian.
That disqualification is the only blemish on Ali’s 19-fight record, however, and the 29-year-old has won his three fights since returning to the ring following a six-month suspension and £10,000 fine.
“I understand it was a bad thing I did,” he said. “I like to think that one mistake doesn’t justify how I am as a person. Because that was my first big fight on the big stage for people that have never met me it’s the first thing they remember.
“I know it (a change in peoples perception) is going to come in time.
"I want the British public to get behind me. I genuinely believe that I could be a world champion. The minute I think I can’t do it I won't be in this sport.”
Ali has previously sparred with both current heavyweight world champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury as well as Derek Chisora ahead of his fight with former world champion Joseph Parker earlier this month and contender Dillian Whyte.
“I have sparred all the so-called contenders and world champions and I have held my own,” he said.
"I want to take that sparring into the fights and I want to be the best. Friday night will be the start of that.”
But standing in his way first is Tomas Salek, a big-punching Czech who has tasted defeat just twice in 17 contests, winning by knockout on no fewer than 13 occasions.
"He will be hungry, it’s a chance for both him and myself. This fight will break us through.
“I want to put myself out there and get myself out there for big fights and I believe I will win.
"I’m going to box and show people I’m not just a typical heavyweight.”
You can stream the fight live for £4.99 on https://www.fightzone.uk/.