Muhammad Ali (British boxer)

For other people named Muhammad Ali, see Muhammad Ali (disambiguation).

Muhammad Ali (born 20 June 1996)[1] is a British boxer who has qualified to compete for Great Britain at the 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Ali trains at the same gym as Amir Khan, in Bury under coach Mick Jelly.[2][3]

Ali won the silver medal at the 2014 AIBA World Youth Championships, losing the final to American boxer Shakur Stevenson.[4] He was selected for the Great Britain team at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics held in Nanjing, China, where he competed in the under-52 kg division. He won his preliminary round bout against Masud Yusifzada. After losing his semifinal to Shakur Stevenson, Ali recovered to win a bronze medal by beating Gaurav Solanki of India.[4][5]

In 2015 Ali won the silver medal at the European Amateur Boxing Championships; he defeated Alexandr Riscan of Macedonia 3–0 in the first preliminary round, Armenian Koryun Soghomonyan 3–0 in the quarter-final and Spaniard Jose Kelvin De La Nieve 3–0 in the semifinals; in the final Ali lost to Daniel Asenov of Bulgaria.[6] Ali competed at the 2015 European Games held in Baku, Azerbaijan.[7] He won his first bout against Alexander Riscan in the first preliminary round before losing to Vincenzo Picardi of Italy in the second preliminary round.[6] Also in 2015 he won the British amateur championships, beating Matt McHale by TKO in the 2nd round of the final.[6]

At the 2016 European Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament held in Samsun, Turkey, Ali defeated Bulgarian Daniel Asenov in the semifinals of the men's flyweight competition to secure his place in Rio as part of the Great Britain team before beating Armenian Narek Abgaryan in the gold medal bout.[8][9]


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  5. Hope, Nick (25 August 2014). "Youth Olympics: Muhammad Ali and Peter McGrail win bronze". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
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  8. "Olympic boxing: Nicola Adams among eight British qualifiers for Rio 2016". BBC Sport. 15 April 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
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