Ramla Ali Impresses On Her Professional Debut
6 x 2 mins Super-Bantamweight contest
RAMLA ALI WPTS6 (60-54) v EVA HUBMAYER
Somali-British boxer Ramla Ali looked impressive on her highly anticipated professional debut as she dominated Germany’s Eva Hubmeyer, comfortably winning all six rounds in her first fight without a headguard.
The Super-Bantamweight, who is signed to Anthony Joshua’s 258 management team, sealed a shutout win over Hubmeyer with a score of 60-54. Sending out stiff jabs, Ali quickly took command in the opening round, and she unloaded swift hooks as Hubmeyer backed to the ropes.
Ali followed her jolting jab with straight right hands as she continued to punish Hubmeyer in the third, while the German had to withstand more hurtful right hands in the fourth. Searching for a stoppage, Ali forced Hubmeyer to the ropes with a fiery cluster of shots in the fifth, but she had to settle for a wide points win after piling on more punches in the sixth.
“I’m not going to say I was crap, but I was a bit disappointed with how I performed tonight,” Ali told Matchroom afterwards. “I allowed her, being a shorter opponent, to get into range way too much. I think it was just the nerves kicking in with it being my professional debut. I think I let all of that get to me and I allowed her to get into range. I should have kept her long. I think that’s what I’m most disappointed with.
“When you come from the amateurs and you go into international competitions, you don’t get a say in who you’re going to compete with. You could have someone that is rushing at you like a bulldog and you just have to keep them away as much as possible. I feel like my years in the amateurs prepared me for that. The majority of the time I knew how to keep her away. My experience came into play there for sure.
“It felt amazing when I connected with her face with the smaller gloves. When it lands on your face it isn’t nice! You have to take some to give some. The majority of the time you don’t really feel it because of all of the adrenaline that is rushing through you. It’s a huge difference to the amateurs but I’m learning to appreciate it.
“I think I’ve been promised an opportunity on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev unless things chance, so I’m really hoping to have another fight this year. The last fight I had was in February. It has been a long time out. They always say you get quite rusty when you come back in. I’m hoping to improve on tonight’s performance in December for sure. I hope I was entertaining. I hope people enjoyed watching me tonight.”
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