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Boxing Mourns Joy Ali’s Death

The boxing fraternity is shocked with the death of professional boxer Zulfikar Joy “The Jet” Ali who died at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva yesterday. Ali, 36, won
06 Jan 2015 10:28
Boxing Mourns Joy Ali’s Death

The boxing fraternity is shocked with the death of professional boxer Zulfikar Joy “The Jet” Ali who died at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva yesterday.

Ali, 36, won 13 boxing titles during his career

Boxing Commission of Fiji director Malakai Veisamasama says Ali’s death is the big loss for Fiji and the sport of boxing in the country.

“Ali had a colourful professional boxing career as he had fought in six weight divisions winning many titles.

“It is the sad day for Fiji and boxing in the country,” Veisamasama said.

He said Ali’s death has ended their plans for Ali to fight in Tahiti.

“Ali was supposed to fight in Tahiti later in the year and his untimely death has shocked us,” Veisamasama said.

Yesterday, boxers and trainers gathered at the CWM Hospital to pay their last respect to Ali before his body was taken to Nadi for burial last night.

Ghanian boxer Joseph Kwadjo along with renowned trainer Gyan Singh were among the people who gathered at the hospital to farewell Ali.

“It is shocking to us as we never thought that Ali will left us so early,” Singh said.

“I have known Ali since his childhood days when he first took up boxing.

“Ali was a very committed and a best boxer and he had left a vacuum in the country as his boxing record speaks a lot.”

Ali was once ranked 13th in the world and in October 2005 was ranked 15th by the World Boxing Association in the Super Welterweight division. He defeated boxers like Gary Comers for the Pan Asia Boxing Association (PABA) title.

In his colourful professional boxing career, Ali won 26 fights by knockout.

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