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‘Kash Ali should rematch David Price’

Kash Ali
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Promoter Dennis Hobson has taken on notorious biter Kash Ali. He tells John Hannen why he should fight David Price again

KASH ALI would beat Tom Little, Dave Allen, and David Price if they meet in the future. That’s the opinion of a confident Dennis Hobson as he looks ahead to potential future matches for his heavyweight charge. Ali, who was disqualified against Price in March 2019 for biting, and subsequently served a ban from the sport, is now in the Hobson stable and working with a new team, including trainer Richard Towers. The fighter from Rotherham, 17-1 (8), has picked up two wins since that sole defeat to Price and, despite no boxing on the immediate horizon, Hobson says he has seen enough from Ali to know that he is a future contender.

“I get on well with Tom [Little], I really like the kid, and I think if he’s guided right then he could actually win something. Kash against Tom would be a great fight and would be a good marker for where Kash is. Because if he’s going to win something, then Tom Little is a good yardstick. Tom is capable, even though he’s lost a few when he hasn’t been prepared properly. I think it’s a realistic fight, a good fight. But both will want decent pay so it would need TV,and have to be for something meaningful, like an eliminator for a title – it’s that calibre of fight,” Hobson said. “I think it’s the same scenario with Dave Allen, if Kash were ever to fight him – we would want to make it for something.  Kash isn’t the finished article yet. But Richard Towers is doing a great job with him and he’s making big strides in the right direction. Kash has a lot more ability than people give him credit for and he’s nowhere near as good as he can be. I believe that the best Kash Ali beats the best Tom Little and the best Dave Allen. In the future he’ll do his talking with his fists, rather than his teeth!

“The fight I would really like to see is Kash against David Price again. That first fight was crazy because he was getting top side of Pricey, and then decides to bite him! In the round that it happened, Pricey was starting to look as though he was thinking about a way out. So that’s a fight I’d like to see again and I’d rather see that than Kash against Tom Little, to be honest. Maybe Kash could win something, then defend against Price – how about that? 

“I’ve always had a great rapport with David, he signed with me when he first turned over, and I do believe that he didn’t get handled properly. I don’t think he ever really recovered mentally from the two [Tony] Thompson losses. It was crazy to put him straight back in for that rematch.

“I do believe that I’d have helped David with the metal side of the game, which is such a big thing.  I’m not a professional mentor, but I would have worked on that with him and I believe, out of the other promoters, I’d have been a good fit with him.”

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