Kash Ali forces Roman Gorst to quit on his stool
While serving as half of the main event, heavyweight fighter Kash Ali (20-1, 11 KO’s) picked up his latest victory. Ali accomplished this by stopping the outgunned Roman Gorst (7-2, 6 KO’s) in the seventh round of their affair. This marks his fifth consecutive victory since suffering his sole professional loss to David Price on March 30, 2019. This also stood as the first defense of his IBF European heavyweight title. Ali snatched up the vacant strap in his last outing against Tomas Salek.
Like Iron Mike Tyson, Ali was bizarrely disqualified after taking a bite out of Price. After wrapping Price up and then dragging him to the ground, Ali took the time to viciously chomp down on Price’s stomach. Upon discovery, referee Mark Lyson immediately waived off the contest. Let’s hope that Ali has bled all his ‘man-eater’ ways out of his system.
The first two, largely lackluster, opening periods mainly saw both men throwing jabs of which Ali was getting the better action. This was not saying much though. Both men sported physiques, about as hard as a cone of frozen yogurt. Even worse, their fairly slow and messy punch delivery made it seem like they were fighting straight off an eight hour shift in a hot factory.
Despite the unappealing nature of the contest, Ali was leading the action and scoring shots far more frequently. Ali enjoyed a better fourth round. This was on account of a couple good uppercuts and solid right hook to the body. Ultimately though, Ali had greater effect throughout the period blatantly pushing the German around the ring.
In the sixth round, Ali gave in to bravado and began mugging for the crowd. At this point, he was shooting single power shots near exclusively at Gorst’s head. Nothing was really knocking the German out of his socks but Ali was landing consistently. Clearly he was delighted by the approval of the crowd. The same general action repeated in the seventh, only this time Gorst would retire on his stool opting not to come out for the eighth. With his refusal to fight, Ali successfully retained his title and secured a dominant win.
By: Bakari Simpson