By Vince Dwriter: The rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua, billed as “The Rage in the Red Sea,” will include an undercard bout that is considered a groundbreaking event due to the participants and location of the event.
For the first time ever, two women will compete in a boxing match in Saudi Arabia when Ramla Ali (6-0, 1 KO) takes on Crystal Garcia Nova (10-2, 10 KO) on August 20 in the city. Jeddah port.
Saudi Arabia is a country where women have experienced intense discrimination. Traditionally, the authorities in Saudi Arabia have placed severe restrictions on women participating in sports and therefore history will be made with the sound of the opening bell when Ali battles Nova.
Ali sees the opportunity to be one of the first women to box in Saudi Arabia as an honor and a privilege, but in Ali’s case, this fight will mark the third time she has participated in a first.
Ramla Ali was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, at a time when his country was in the midst of a brutal civil war. His family decided to flee his homeland after a horrible family tragedy. As Ali’s older brother was playing outside, a grenade landed next to him and exploded.
After the tragic death of his brother, Ali’s family made short stops in the port city of Kismayo and Kenya before finally settling in the UK.
Ramla Ali was introduced to the sport of boxing as a teenager looking for an effective way to lose weight. Initially, boxing was a fitness tool, but it turned into a passion and a future professional occupation.
As an amateur in 2016, Ali became the first Muslim woman to win an elite national championship in Britain. Five years later, Ali would put her name back in the record books when she became the first female Somali boxer to compete in the Olympics.
In September 2020, Ramla Ali turned professional and signed a multi-fight promotional contract with Matchroom Boxing. Ali has been victorious in his first six bouts and now she is ready to make history and be an inspiration because he recognizes the magnitude of this event.
“It’s so monumental because it gives hope to so many women, number one. It gives hope to the little girls who look up to us, knowing that they can do, can be and can achieve anything they want.”
When you look inside the ropes, Ramla Ali, 32, is the best technical boxer who also has the speed advantage. She is a high volume puncher who routinely outplayed her opponents.
Ali’s opponent, Dominican boxer Crystal Garcia Nova, lacks defense and doesn’t use much head movement. However, she does have a decent jab and a good 1-2, but when she is on the attack, the 22-year-old leaves herself open to counterpunches.
The upcoming featherweight matchup between Ramla Ali and Crystal Garcia Nova is one of the biggest non-title bouts in women’s boxing history.
These two women have been put in a position to inspire, and they will do so in front of a global audience. From an individual standpoint, Ramla Ali will try to get her seventh pro win and continue the search for her as a rising prospect, while Crystal Garcia Nova will try to pull off an upset so she can insert her name into the prospect conversation. rising.