Undefeated Warrior! Mysterious Career Of (25-0) World Champion Ali Raymi of Yemen
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
The mysterious boxing colonel, Colonel Ali Raymi, age 41, a colonel in the Yemeni Republican Guard, was killed in 2015 from an explosion, possibly a Saudi airstrike on the Republican Guard positions in Al-Nahdeen district of Sana’a, Yemen, a casualty of the bloody Yemeni Civil War, a boxing rarity. Like the late former middleweight champion, Lieutenant Dick Tiger in Biafra the briefly independent Eastern region of Nigeria), Raymi was also fighting in the civil war of his homeland.
Raymi rose up as an amateur boxer in the Yemini military, compiling an amateur record of 115-2, selling alcohol on the side, and maintained a reputation as somewhat of a loose cannon due to his subsequently fighting in unsanctioned bouts which spectators paid to watch. Raymi won a gold medal boxing for Algeria as a member of the Yemeni boxing team. Raymi mysteriously went 25-0 during his professional career, with 20 consecutive first-round knockouts, and won three world titles of minor organizations, though he failed to score a first-round knockout in his next four bouts after the 20-0 first round knockout streak. Raymi called out Oman Gonzalez and Guillermo Rigondeaux for title bouts, but never got the chance to fight them.
Raymi was never seen fighting outside of his native Yemen. Rami held International Boxing Institute World Minimumweight and World Flyweight titles, and the universal Boxing Organization World Light Flyweight title. Raymi held world titles in three consecutive weight classes won in a span of less than six months.
Like the late 30-0 Edwin Valero in the lower weight classes, who had 18 consecutive knockouts and was a world champion who had knocked out every opponent he ever faced, Ali Raymi’s career also ended in tragedy. Tyrone Brunson, a Philadelphia Pennsylvania fighter who opened his career with 18 consecutive knockouts, is no longer undefeated, but is still fighting and currently holds the Pennsylvania State Super Welterweight title.
Raymi started late, beginning as a pro boxer at age 37 between 2011 and 2015, and dying in September 2015 as the Houthi rebels took over Sana’a. Raymi’s career will remain forever shrouded in mystery. Like Valero, the promise of greatness that never was, just a statistic in the annals of boxing history. At 25-0, Ali Raymi is-and will probably remain in history as the only undefeated Middle Eastern and Muslim world boxing champion of all-time.
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