When Jay Krupp glances at Sadam Ali’s boxing résumé, he sees the sterling accomplishments of a contender.
Undefeated record: check.
Olympic experience: check.
Multiple appearances in nationally-televised fights: check.
Nonetheless, the New Orleans native isn’t buying into the hype. Krupp expects the ballyhooed welterweight to look right past him when they headline the Sept. 30 “Golden Boy Live!” card at Barclay Center’s Cushman and Wakefield Theater in Brooklyn, N.Y.
And as a result, he predicts Ali will eventually be looking up at him — from the canvas.
“I really feel like I can knock (Ali) out in round one or two,” Krupp said. “The guy has a big name and no losses, but he hasn’t really gone against anyone with that impressive of a record. I don’t think he’s as great as people think he is. I’m ready to expose him and show everyone how great I am.”
“Golden Boy Live!” will air on the recently launched Fox Sports 1 channel. It will mark Krupp’s fourth bout on network TV.
Krupp is acutely aware of its significance.
“I was a little skeptical (for him) to take this fight on short notice, but Jay wanted it badly,” Jay Krupp Sr. said. “He knows a win could catapult him to the next level.”
Krupp (17-5, eight knockouts) is coming off a tensely contested unanimous decision victory over Milton Ramos at Harrah’s New Orleans Casino last June. The former Grace King student has spent the past month working with Delvin Rodriguez in Connecticut. Rodriguez is preparing for an Oct. 5 bout against former WBA super light middleweight champion Miguel Cotto.
Ali (16-0, 10 KOs) is a two-time national Golden Gloves champ and Team USA’s lightweight representative at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The Brooklyn-based boxer also won a pair of New York Golden Gloves titles as an amateur.
That’s why Krupp is preparing for an uphill climb.
“New York is famous for handing out hometown decisions,” Krupp Sr. said. “If Jay doesn’t get (Ali) out of there with a knockout, I don’t think (judges) are going to give us a decision. But will we do well against him? Yes. Jay has definitely fought tougher opponents.”
Krupp has never backed down from a challenge. Shortly after winning a Louisiana Golden Gloves championship, he left New Orleans at age 15 to train at the legendary Cus D’Amato Gym in Catskills, N.Y. The venerated club helped launch the careers of Floyd Patterson, Edwin Rosario and Mike Tyson.
Once there, he became a disciple of the “peek-a-boo” fighting style under Kevin Rooney.
“The ‘peek-a-boo’ is a secret art form invented by Cus D’Amato,” Krupp said. “When you do it right, it’s unstoppable. But you have to be in great shape to do it.”
Krupp packs formidable force behind each fist. Friday Night Fights Gym owner Mike Tata sees it every time Krupp returns to New Orleans and trains at his Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. facility.
This, according to Tata, will make Krupp’s bout against Ali particularly exciting.
“Jay always has a puncher’s chance because he has a lot of power,” he said. “If he hits (Ali) good, he could beat him.”
Krupp embraces his underdog status and relishes the opportunity to represent the Big Easy.
And if all goes according to plan, he looks forward to doing a little résumé-building of his own.
“This (fight) is so big,” he said. “I’m in this to win this. I’m a rising star, and I’m ready to put New Orleans on the map with a win.”
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