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More national success for Keighley boxing ace Ali
Keighley teenager Muhammad Ali has added another national crown to his growing list of titles.
This year, the 16-year-old has already claimed the English junior ABA class one under-48kg championship and won a Three Nations gold medal, which saw him go on to box for Great Britain in the European Champ-ionships.
Now Ali has added another honour to his name after winning his category in the National Ambition Boxing Championships.
He lifted the 50kg title in his age group after his opponent Jamie Harrison, of Brentwood ABC, was disqualified in the third round of his final at Leeds Irish Centre.
Ali’s coach at Bury Amateur Boxing Club, Mike Jelley, admitted it was not the way he wanted to win.
The trainer said: “The referee disqualified the bout after three rounds for holding by Ali’s opponent. Ali was disappointed as he wanted to win it in style.
“But it takes two to make a good contest and he still boxed well.”
Meanwhile, Ali’s brother Danish Muhammad is recovering well after suffering from a leaking blood vessel in his brain in October.
Danish, like Ali, is a national champion, but was told the injury might mean he could never box again.
His dad Saleem said: “He is feeling fit and well and has been to the gym once or twice, taking things nice and easy.
“He finds it hard to keep away from the gym as he had led such an active life.”
Danish came through a scan well and will have another one later this month before medical staff will decide whether he can return to the sport.
Jelley added: “He wants to get back into the ring but its up to the specialist.”