March 28th 2015-22 May Stadium, Sana'a Yemen
Ali Raymi (24-0, 24) Vs Omar Moxamad (7-0, 5)*
Yemeni boxing sensation Ali Raymi was back in action at the end of March as he took on the unbeaten Somalian Omar Moxamad in a bout for the IBI Flyweight title, which Raymi won last year against Prince Maz.
*Moxmad's record of 7-0 (5) was reported by the Yemeni Boxing Federation, boxrec.com however listed him at 4-0 (3)
(Video courtesy of Yemen Boxing Federation)
Yemeni boxing icon Ali Raymi may have seen his historic run of opening round KO's come to an end recently but it's impossible to take the streak away from him.
Amongst his 21 success opening round stoppages was this one over the out-gunned, under-skilled and generally clueless Yaser Dalbant who really was out of his depth fro the off. Dalbant, to his credit, did seem to land 1 decent shot, though took so many in return that he seemed happy to take the 10 count, which was oddly counted down, from 10 to 1, as opposed to being counted up, from 1 to 10.
If you think of the Yemeni boxing scene you think of just one man, Ali Raymi.
Raymi, the record holder for the most successive opening round KO's to begin a career, stopped his first 21 foes inside a round. One of the quickest victims was the relatively hapless Luke Hasan who lasted just 27 against a rampant Raymi who appeared intent to on breaking the body of Hasan.
This one is short and quick those shows Raymi at possibly his best.
Yemen boxing might not be huge but one of their fighters has become a bit of an internet sensation courtesy of the fact he recorded 21 successive opening round stoppages, setting a world record in the process.
That was, of course, Ali Raymi the Minimumweight who not only recorded 21 straight opening round victories but also 21 victories over unbeaten men.
The last of those 21 opening round victories came against Prince Maz and was some what controversial due the end looking some what suspect with the camera suddenly blanking out and the bout ending effectively off camera. Raymi went onto inform us over twitter that Maz had turned his back and quit though the footage certainly didn't show that.
The fight was, at the time, Raymi's longest bout and also the closest he had come to seeing the second round, in fact at 2:58 some supposed that the bout had been ended by the referee to keep Raymi's streak in tact and, just a few weeks later they fought a rematch, in that bout Maz lasted into the 7th round with Raymi who continued his KO streak though saw his opening round streak come to an end. Unfortunately only a small portion of that bout was made publicly availabe.
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