Roman Guevara's bid for the Junior Middle Weight InterContinental Title ended quickly. Ali "The Panther" Tareh finished Guevara by TKO at 2:56 seconds in the second round of the co-main event of the night. Tareh, at 41, who had been in training for six months, had lost 20 pounds and appeared to be in superior shape. Tareh said "I have been working toward a title shot for years" and "felt his opportunity had finally come... and he wasn't going to let it go to waste" he told the Tampa Bay Examiner Stephanie Melendez before the fight. His swift and convincing win over, left Guevara in agony on the mat, seemed to demonstrate his sincerity.
During a recent post fight interview with Ali Tareh on April 13, 2012, revealed more about the local boxer, fight promoter and martial arts instructor. Ali "The Panther" Tareh earned the Junior Middle Weight InterContinental Title during his recent match against Ramon Guevara on April 11th, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. During the post fight interview with Tareh, he revealed more about the fighter his thoughts on holding the title and what his future may hold.
In the last interview you had with the examiner you said that "winning the title would be a step toward making your dream of becoming a world champion possible. Now that you have earned the title the significance of this fight Speaks for itself. Looking back, what have been your most meaningful or significant fights of your career?
The most important and meaningful fights of my career were the ones in my beginning of my boxing career, I didn't know anything about the boxing business. I couldn't even speak English. I had just come to this country and was working like dog for four dollars an hour under table, then promoted to six an hour. It was hard work, over long 10 to 12 hours of slavery and I was also training to fight.
I wasn't lucky enough to find someone to teach me and help me get started. Those who I thought would, took me to places to use me as an opponent and I would get in the ring without preparation and go to battle, many rounds at a time, head to head until I was banged up. Now, I hear some of my fighters complain they have a full time job (8 hours of sitting behind the desk) so they can't train. It's funny to me, so, I remember those fights I've had in my beginning of my career with pride.
Your students say that they look to you for inspiration. Who do you look to for inspiration?
I have a lot of good family and friends around me, most of them are very successful in their life and career, they have achieved lots of things without having any help. I am honored to be part of their life and I apply that gratitude to my life and career.
Muhammad Ali is quoted saying that "If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize.” Do you have any meaningful quotes of your own or of others that you wish to share?
I strongly believe in sportsmanship, I respect everyone, I have never disrespected any of my opponents or anyone, I do hit very hard and know how to fight, when bell rings, my opponent should be ready to defend himself, but, I have nothing to tell him before and after fight, except shaking his hand.
What do you want to be remembered for at the end of your boxing career?
Being a great and skilled fighter, who changed his style of fighting many times and was good at all of them... one who would win his fights with thinking and techniques, not just power.
Ali "The Panther" Tareh may be remembered for each of those things at the end of his career. He is after all nicknamed after the "Panther", which is one of the five animals in Five Animal Shaolin Kung fu. The beastly traits of which are not based on its power but instead its balance, multi-faceted strategies, speed and efficient application of its techniques.
The Ringside Action -Tampa Style event presented by Alessi Promotions on Friday, April 11, 2014 and featured Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs 52-6-1 (46) vs Maurenzo Smith 12-9-3 (9) as the main event. Special participants included Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver and Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy. Also seen in attendance were local boxing and kickboxing hero's like seven time world kickboxing champion Erik Marshal (who supplied film of Briggs), local boxer and world kickboxing champion Viktor Kulakovski and many others from the Tampa Bay area.
(Highlights from the fight between Tareh and Guevara can be seen in video and slideshow section of this article.)