By Mike Bernier
At the Yeman Café in downtown Brooklyn local boxer, Sadam ‘Worldkid’ Ali (14-0, 8 KO’s) held his first press conference for his promotion company, Worldkid Promotions, to announce his card on Saturday, June 2nd at the Aviator Sports Complex. Ali is currently a free agent and not signed to any major promotion company. For now he is promoting his own headlining card and showcasing other local boxers.
Ali who was a 2008 US Olympian and a two-time NYC Golden Gloves champion will defend his undefeated record in an 8 round Welterweight WBU title bout. Battle tested, Franklin Gonzalez (15-9, 10 KO’s) of Dominican Republic has been announced as his opponent. Gonzalez has experience in his pro career with fights against names like Dmitriy Salita (Lost UD), David Estrada (Lost KO in 5th), and Luis Collazo (Lost TKO in 3rd). Gonzalez is a handpicked opponent for Ali but sometimes in this sport experience is all you need to beat an undefeated up and coming prospect. This will be the biggest test of Ali’s young career. “I haven’t fought since September and I’m excited for the fight,” said Ali.
In the co-feature bout of the night undefeated, Eddie Gomez (8-0, 6 KO’s) from the Bronx will fight a 6 round in the Jr. Middleweight division against a fighter to be announced. Gomez is a Golden Boy fighter who was scheduled to fight on the Mayweather vs. Cotto. That fight never came to fruition so Gomez called Ali’s Dad and asked to be put on this card. Ali approved and put Gomez on the card.
In a 6 round Bantamweight bout Juan Dominguez (10-0, 7 KO’s) of Brooklyn will a fight a fighter to be announced. In a 6 round Super Bantamweight bout Raul Lopez (6-1-1, 3 KO’s) from the Bronx will fight a fighter to be announced. Also appearing on the Worldkid Promotions card will be Zachary Ochoa (1-0, 1 KO) of Brooklyn, Dimmukhamad Niyazov (1-0, 1 KO) of Staten Island, Ryan Rumaya (1-0, 1 KO) of Queens, Steven Gamache (2-0, 1 KO), Armin ‘The Bosnian Prince’ Mrkanovic (2-1, 1 KO) of Queens, and the only female on the card making her pro debut, Jennifer Santiago.
Tickets are on sale ($150, $100, $75, $50) in Brooklyn at Wordkid Sports (917.807.3630), Crosson’s Karate (718.531.9646), Yemen Café (347.645.6640), Green Gourmet Market (718.455.5619), in Staten Island at Froogle Printing (718.442.2910), New Jersey (201.914.9392), and Manhattan (718.744.8855).