Fightzone viewers get explosive heavyweight action on Friday May 28, live from Sheffield Arena Car Park, as Rotherham’s Kash Ali seeks to become the IBF European Champion when he clashes with Czech Tomas Salek for the vacant title.
With a solitary disqualification loss on his 19 fight record, Ali is ready to step up against the East European and claim a belt that will push him up the world rankings. Salek is a come-forward banger, who has tasted defeat just twice in 17 contests and, with 21 big KOs between them, this promises to be a ‘don’t blink’ affair.“He can whack, and I know I have knockout power,” said Ali. “It’s going to be a case of whoever lands first will get the KO – and I can promise you it’ll be me!
“Salek is a big lump and he’s got a good record. He can obviously punch very hard but my boxing ability will get me through this, and I’ll prove that on the night. He’s going to come forward and try to knock me out. With both of us being hitters, anything can happen so it’s going to be a great one for the fans.”
Chief support on this Fight Academy card comes in the form of a Midlands Area Title fight with Wolverhampton’s Conah Walker and Walsall’s Levi Ferguson going head-to-head for the vacant crown. A well-matched affair – Conah has eight wins and a draw, with two KOs; Ferguson has been only beaten once in six – this 10-rounder promises to be keenly contested as both look to pick up their first belt.
The pick of the undercard sees a return to action for hot, undefeated middleweight prospect, Mark Jeffers 11-0 (3), who takes on well-regarded Czech fighter Tomas Bezvoda, 9-14 (6) in a decent test. Belfast’s Ciaran McVarnock, 10-0-1 (3), will also make a two-year ring return after taking time out from the sport to support partner Nicole, who has had her own fight with cystic fibrosis.
Also on the bill are a trio of undefeated Lancashire fighters – Josh Holmes 5-0, Dan Catlin 5-0 (2), and Zak Miller 3-0 (1); whilst Burnley’s Reece Farnhill and Blackburn’s Jack Fay will take their first steps in a professional ring.
Promoter, Dennis Hobson said: “Everyone loves a good heavyweight fight, and I believe this will be absolutely explosive. We know that Salek has trained hard and is confident, he is a huge puncher and extremely dangerous. At Fight Academy we have serious belief that Kash can make a mark on the world scene of heavyweight boxing, but this could be a real banana skin for him, he’s going to need to be on top of his game.”