Ramla Ali secured a points victory over Bec Connolly at the SSE arena and enhanced her growing reputation within the sport. Ali, born in Somalia, dominated the bout and nearly stopped Connolly with a sustained attack. Conolly, who took the bout at the last minute was quick off the blocks but Ali’s amateur pedigree came up trumps in the end. She controlled the distance all fight with the jab.
“I think I did really well today,” Ali said. “There was a huge weight difference, I could feel it in the ring. I tried my best to not let her push me about. I tried to maintain my boxing at all times and I was like, no you’re not pushing me about. This is my ring today! She’s tough.”
Ali sprung to life in the second round, landing a number of combinations and continued with the momentum in the third with Connolly being threatened to be halted. Connolly kept herself in the fight but once again found it difficult in the fifth with a number of punches being landed on her. A cut over Ali’s eye late in that round, though, meant she was happy to take her foot off the gas as she cruised to a comfortable decision win, 60-55 on the referee’s scorecard.