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An 18-year-old boxer dubbed the 'next Amir Khan' has tragically died in a car accident this morning.
Tributes have been pouring in on social media for Wolverhampton-born fighter Ali Tazeem, who was rated as one of Britain's most promising young athletes.
According to reports, Tazeem was in a car which collided with a bus at a junction in Birmingham. Three people were reportedly seriously injured, with Tazeem the only fatality.
“It's just awful news,” boxing agent and promoter Sam Jones told Express Sport. “We all feel shocked and send our condolences to his family. He was a special person and a special fighter who was going to go on and do great things."
Jones had broken the news of Tazeem's death earlier this morning, tweeting: "I woke up to the news that @_AliTazeem has passed away at the age of 18. I can’t believe it, I can’t even process it properly.
"We only spoke yesterday talking about how he was going to light up the pro game. All I can think about is Ali and his lovely family."
Tipped for a big future in the sport after winning 15 international gold medals, the youngster was signed by boxing Probellum just three weeks ago.
He'd developed a reputation for having lightning-quick reflexes and defensive capabilities, with Khan himself tipping him for big things later down the line.
"He will be the next me and make history," the Bolton-born Olympic silver medallist told the Express & Star back in 2020.
"I definitely think he is the next big thing for sure. I mean, the skillset he has, the movement, everything really reminds me of myself when I was younger and how I used to fight."
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