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 By Rio

Ali Adams Vows “It’s My Time Now ” Ahead Of Showdown With Matt Skelton

London based Iraqi Heavyweight, Ali Adams is in confident mood ahead of his upcoming fight with former WBU Heavyweight World Champion Matt Skelton in the opening bout at the Matchroom Sports promoted Prizefighter - Heavyweights IV at  York Hall, Bethnal Green, London this coming Saturday.

Following his final sparring session, with Damian Campbell at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, Adams turned to his coach Johnny Eames and simply said, “I’m ready” to which Eames drolly replied “Yeah, you’re ready, ready for four on the heavy bag”. A huge smile broke across the big Iraqi’s face, he was right and Johnny’s reply confirmed it as there was no discussion, no debrief.

After the training session Adams, who is one of the less well known fighters taking part in Saturday’s star studded Prizefighter - Heavyweights IV, made it perfectly clear that he was looking towards the Sky Sports televised event to ‘put him on the map’ when he said, “What he (Matt Skelton) has achieved he’s achieved, but this is my time. This is my big chance you know, it’s my time now.


I came to this country when I was sixteen, I had no family next to me, I was just all by myself. I was going to college in the morning and going to work afternoon and evening. I love boxing but I would only get to training at night , you know twelve o'clock, one o’clock. It was hard but I love boxing and carried on.

I turned pro three years ago, it was hard I have no sponsors it’s just me on my own. I keep on boxing, I didn’t give up, kept doing it, kept doing it. I’ve had twelve fights, I’m still struggling but I love boxing.

Prizefighter is my chance to show people I can box, you know, It’s my big chance, I’m not wasting it.”

Ali Adams versus Matt Skelton is set to be the opening bout of the night, with the victor in that fight facing the winner of the second bout between Kevin McBride, who was the last fighter to beat ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson and Tooting’s Franklin Egobi.

On the other side of the card the winner of the Sprott and Hughes clash will face either unbeaten Irishman Declan Timlin or Shane McPhilbin.



Matt Skelton v Ali Adams

Kevin McBride v Franklin Egobi

Michael Sprott v Danny Hughes

Declan Timlin v Shane McPhilbin

VIP and Ringside tickets are sold-out for Prizefighter Heavyweights IV but there are a limited number of unreserved tickets (£35) available on-line at, call 07960 850645 or in person at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town.


Ali Adams with the Prizefighter Trophy he aims to win on Saturday night
Ali Adams with Damian Campbell following their sparring session at the Ultrachem TKO Gym

Photo Credits: Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro


Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym
Prizefighter - The Heavyweights IV
York Hall, October 9th