Boxing: ‘The Diabetic Kid’ Muhammad Ali announces next fight

Date published: 01 July 2019


Rochdale boxer, ‘The Diabetic Kid’ Muhammad Ali is gearing up for his next fight on 3 August at the Oldham Leisure Centre.

The fight will be undefeated Ali’s fifth bout as a professional, against an as-yet unknown opponent.

Ali made history in September 2018, 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 manager Asad Shamim and medical doctor, Ian Gallan, a leading diabetes consultant in the UK, the decision was overturned.

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