Saturday 24 August 2019

Biting Ali enters hall of shame but cult of mismatch is real villain

David Price reacts after being bitten by in Kash Ali during their heavyweight bout at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England. Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images
David Price reacts after being bitten by in Kash Ali during their heavyweight bout at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England. Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Steve Bunce

When Kash Ali fell on David Price and tried to bite a lump out of his opponent's chest it was certainly a disgrace, a final act of cowardice, a truly desperate chance for Ali to avoid getting hurt.

Kash Ali gets his place in a boxing hall of shame with other men who bit to escape, men who refused to fight and lose the old-fashioned way.

The Birmingham man will now get mentioned next to Mike Tyson, which is like Mad Dave the one-eyed goalkeeper from the Nag's Head getting a mention alongside Pele.

On Saturday night Ali was out of his depth, biting and butting Price in every round of the heavyweight bout at the Echo Arena once he realised that 15 straight wins against some of Europe's most pathetic fat men was poor preparation for a boxer of Price's talent.

The end in the fifth round was grisly but as Big Kash retreats in shame, it is perhaps too easy to be critical of him for not standing, fighting, taking a beating and losing like a brave fighter.

He tried boxing and fell short, it's that simple, but there are some factors to consider before we forget him. Or, build a pyre.

Kash Ali’s bite mark on David Price. Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images
Kash Ali’s bite mark on David Price. Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Big Kash (typing Ali and coward seems wrong) has barely broken a sweat in his pampered journey, playing the role of the big bully wonderfully as he biffed men like Moses Matovu and Remigijus Ziausys, with their combined record of 24 wins in 102 fights. Only two of Big Kash's opponents had won more fights than they had lost, and one of those two had fought just once.

It is a real list of shame and if anything positive comes from Saturday's debacle then perhaps the authorities will curb some of the human flesh traders and their weekly import of garbage fighters from boxing's filthiest corners.

Disgraces in boxing come in different shapes and sizes, but building a young fighter a fanciful record, giving him the false hope that he can fight and then matching him in a real fight, is up there.

The cult of the mismatch in boxing is now an epidemic.

Big Kash discovered that he was simply not good enough when he finally had a real fight; he had no answers, no idea what to do when his opponent refused to fall over and he took the easiest route - he bit out in shame. He will now get fined and banned, but should avoid a permanent ban. Drug cheats and men who throw tables at press conferences get a second chance.

Big Kash enters the hall of infamy but his crime was discovering that he is not the fighter he thought he was. (© Independent News Service)

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