Muhammad Ali is a British professional boxer who made history on 9th May 2018 after becoming worlds first type one diabetic to be granted a professional license by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBOfC). He is an ambassador for Diabetes UK, JDRF, IDF (international Diabetic Federation)
Hailing from Rochdale, the boxer was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of four.
Initially planning to turn professional back in 2015, Ali was denied a license, by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC), whose rules at the time meant boxers with type one diabetes were unable to get a license.
However, the Bolton-based boxer did not give up and three years later was granted a license.
How did you get started in your career?
I’ve always been taking part in sports since being a young boy. I didn’t enjoy team sports as when we’d lose we’d blame each other for defeat. However, when your in a sport such as boxing you only have yourself to blame for a defeat.
What is a highlight of your career?
15th September 2018 I created history of becoming the first diabetic professional boxer in the Uk to be granted a license.
How would you describe the type of work that you do each day? Why is it important?
My lifestyle consists of being disciplined as I am diabetic I have to watch what I consume as this will affect my sugar levels. Also I train very hard in the boxing gym as I am a professional boxer.
What does an average workday look like to you?
I train in the mornings at the boxing gym. In the evening I will be doing some running or strength and conditioning.
What has been the greatest hurdle for you to overcome in your career?
In 2015 I was rejected of my professional boxing license due to being Diabetic. I had to go back and forth with the British boxing board of control for 3 years until my license was granted.
What is the best thing about your job?
I absolutely love keeping healthy and in shape. Boxing consists of being disciplined in and out of the ring. You have to watch what your consuming, your rest and recovery very important.
What are your plans for the future?
I want to create history again by becoming the first Diabetic world champion.
How do you unwind?
I enjoy a good meal or I like to go on holiday soak some sun.