Over the past few days we've been reading a lot about the passing of Yemeni star Ali Raymi. Sadly the stories we've been reading appear to be true with multiple source now stating Raymi passed away on May 23rd.
One of those sources is the Yemen Boxing Federation (http://yemenboxingfederation.com/ali-raymi.html) who appear to be the most reliable of all the sources when it comes to Ali Raymi and were often the people who uploaded Raymi's fights.
The enigmatic Raymi came to our attention back in 2013, when he fought 16 times. Those 16 bouts all ended in opening round stoppages as he swiftly took his record to 19-0 (19), all in the first round. Those quick wins continued in to 2014 as he soon went on to set a new world record for most opening round KO's to begin a fighters career, with a figure of 21.
The 21st opening round stoppage of Raymi's career, a victory over Prince Maz, was deemed controversial and a trio of rematches all followed with Raymi taking wins in all 3 bouts (TKO7, TKO9 and TKO2) as Raymi moved to 24-0 (24).
The fight fought twice earlier this year before his passing, stopping compatriot Omar Moxamad twice, both of those bouts ending inside a round, and was supposed to be set to fight Hani Ansi in July, in a bout that had been rescheduled numerous times. Sadly that bout with Ansi was not to be.
Although the specific details of Raymi's death, as with much of his life, are shrouded in mystery it appears he was an innocent victim of an air strike. From reports on news sites there have been numerous innocent deaths from the airstrikes that have been launched in the area amid a civil war in the country.
We would like to send our wishes to Raymi's friends and loved ones, as well as all the others effected in Yemen in what appears to be a very sad time in the countries history.
Whilst Mr Raymi's death is a hit to boxing there is something so much more serious happening in the country at the moment and hopefully the blood shed will end soon, before more innocent victims are killed and the country if further torn apart.
RIP Ali Raymi.
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