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Sadam Ali vs. Liam Smith Deal Getting Close, Says Frank Warren

According to Frank Warren, promoter for Liam Smith, a deal is getting very close for a mandatory fight against WBO junior middleweight world champion Sadam Ali.

Warren is currently negotiating with Ali's promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, and the two sides are close to deal. He believes the fight will be finalized by next week.

“That’s going to happen,” Smith’s promoter Frank Warren told Boxing News. “I’m in negotiations with Golden Boy. I was hoping to get it done this week but early next week we’ll have that resolved."

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There has been some talk of the contest potentially landing on the undercard to the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin rematch on May 5th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas - but Warren would not confirm or deny those rumblings.

Smith (26-1-1, 14 KOs), a former WBO champion, captured the belt in October 2015 with a seventh round stoppage over John Thomspon.

He made two defenses of the title, with knockout victories over Jimmy Kilrain Kelly and Predrag Radosevic.

In the biggest fight of his career, he suffered a ninth round stoppage loss at the hands of WBO world champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in the main event of an HBO Pay-Per-View in September 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

He bounced back with three wins in a row - including two victories over Liam Williams, with the second fight - which was sanctioned as a WBO final eliminator - taking place last November.

Ali (26-1, 14 KOs), who sports a near identical record, suffered a knockout loss at the hands of Jessie Vargas in March of 2016.

He then won three fights in a row, including a decision win over Johan Perez.

And then Ali pulled off the biggest win of his career, when he won a twelve round unanimous decision over four division world champion Miguel Cotto last December at Madison Square Garden in New York to capture the WBO title.

The win over Cotto was a huge upset as many saw the bout as a mismatch with Ali moving up from 147. Cotto retired after the fight.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mrlopez on 02-25-2018

[QUOTE=Mammoth;18512898]I guess Ali is a tough sell even after that upset. Canelo vs GGG undercard makes sense.[/QUOTE] Ali has a niche following. Better on the Can/G undercard. Huge exposure

Comment by R_Walken on 02-24-2018

[QUOTE=DuckAdonis;18513630]The reactions are positive, because unlike you, we dont want to **** all over boxing because we are not getting the 1 fight we would like to see. There are more fighters at 154 than just Lara, Hurd and Charlo…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 02-24-2018

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;18513931]Ali was winning and out boxing vargas early that fight but was very reckless and finally got caught. Was hurt and never recovered. Folks used that fight as reason for why he would get slaughtered by Cotto who is bigger,…

Comment by bigdunny1 on 02-24-2018

[QUOTE=BreWall;18513850]Sadam Ali has become a crafty fighter. This is a predictable fight in favor of Ali. Not even sure if Vargas could beat Ali again in a rematch, which I'm interested in seeing. Ali should pursue Vargas and avenge his…

Comment by BreWall on 02-24-2018

Sadam Ali has become a crafty fighter. This is a predictable fight in favor of Ali. Not even sure if Vargas could beat Ali again in a rematch, which I'm interested in seeing. Ali should pursue Vargas and avenge his…

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