Boxing: Winning streak continues for UK’s first diabetic boxer

Date published: 19 November 2018

Type one diabetic boxer Muhammad Ali enjoyed his second professional victory on Saturday (17 November), as he took on Danny Little at Victoria Warehouse.

Ali, from Rochdale, said: “I would like thank everyone who attended, and also those who couldn’t attend, for your phenomenal support throughout my journey. I felt great and will only get better.”

Ali made history on 15 September after winning his professional debut, becoming the first UK boxer with type one diabetes to fight, following a three-year battle against the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC).

Ali had previously had his application for a professional licence turned down by the BBBofC as a result of his medical condition, because checking blood sugar levels during a fight would be ‘too disruptive’ – despite contradictory advice from the national governing body for boxing.

With the support of his manager, Asad Shamim, and medical doctor, Ian Gallan, a leading diabetes consultant in the UK, the decision was overturned.

Ali's next fight takes place at the Macron Stadium in Bolton on Saturday 8 December.

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