Rochdale News | Sports News | Boxing: ‘Diabetic Kid’ Muhammad Ali looks to maintain undefeated record with Friday fight

Date published: June 28, 2022

Rochdale boxer, ‘The Diabetic Kid’ Muhammad Ali will be looking to maintain his undefeated score in his next fight on Friday July 1st.

Ali, who trains at Oliver’s Gym in Salford under Humphrey Harrison, will box at the University of Bolton Stadium on the JR Promotions bill. He is currently undefeated with a record 7 wins.

He said: “I feel good. I want to thank my coach Humphrey Harrison for all the hard work put into camp. The journey to remake history by becoming the first diabetic champion in professional boxing continues. This Friday evening, everything is fine, we go to 8-0.

“Finally, I would like to thank everyone at Rochdale, all of my sponsors and fans who buy tickets. I really appreciate everyone’s support.

Ali made history in September 2018, becoming the first British boxer with type 1 diabetes to fight professionally, after a three-year battle with the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC).

Ali was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes around the age of five, an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body is unable to produce insulin, the hormone that controls the amount of sugar in the blood. It requires regular administration of insulin either by injection or by insulin pump.

He took up boxing after his mother’s encouragement and began administering his own insulin around the age of 16.

Ruth J. Leeds