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Teenage boxing sensation who Amir Khan predicted would be ‘the next me’ killed in car crash

TEENAGE boxing star Ali Tazeem, dubbed the ‘next Amir Khan’, has been killed in a car crash at the age of 18.

News of his death was confirmed by his promoter Sam Jones on Sunday morning following a car accident in Wolverhampton.

Ali Tazeem was dubbed the 'next Amir Khan' by the legendary boxer himself

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Ali Tazeem was dubbed the ‘next Amir Khan’ by the legendary boxer himselfCredit: Instagram
Tazeem has tragically passed away after being killed in a car crash in the West Midlands

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Tazeem has tragically passed away after being killed in a car crash in the West MidlandsCredit: Instagram

In an emotional Twitter post, Jones said: “This morning I woke up to the news that Ali Tazeem has passed away at the age of 18.

“I can not believe it I can not 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.”

Police were scrambled to Wolverhampton after the Vauxhall Corsa Tazeem was traveling in hit a wall in the early hours of the morning.

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He was tragically declared dead at the scene while the driver, also 18, was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

Tazeem only signed his professional contract with Probellum three weeks ago.

The Midlands sensation was tipped to have a massive future in the paid ranks following a hugely successful amateur career.

Tazeem won won 15 international gold medals from 51 bouts, losing on just six occasions.

Boxing legend Khan likened the youngster to himself, having previously said: “He will be the next me and make history.”

Speaking after Tazeem claimed two gold medals in the Bristol Boxing Cup, he told the Express and Star 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.

“Definitely, I think he has got everything it takes [to succeed].

“What was particularly impressive for me was he moved up a weight class to make it more challenging, and ended up winning gold in both weight categories [in Bristol].

“Since then, I have kept in touch with him.”

‘SO SAD’

Horrified locals rushed to save Tazeem after hearing a “loud bang” when the car hit the brick wall.

Dad-of-two Ali Zinkal, 42, said: “I ran out of my flat in my boxer shorts and went over to the car.

“I put my fingers to his neck to check for a pulse but there was none. He was gone.

“It’s so sad to see a young man’s life end like that. The road is a death trap.”

West Midlands Police confirmed an investigation has now been launched as they appealed for information.

The force said: “A teenager has tragically died and another left seriously injured after a car hit a wall in Wolverhampton in the early hours of this morning.

“Our thoughts are with their loved ones and we’ll be offering them support at this terrible time.

“A cordon remains in place while officers from our serious collision investigation unit carry out inquiries to establish exactly what happened.

“We’d ask people not to speculate at this stage but for anyone with information to contact us as soon as possible.

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“We’re keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and saw the red Vauxhall Corsa. We’re particularly keen to secure any dash cam footage.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting log 295 of 17 April.

Tazeem was declared dead at the scene in Wolverhampton

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Tazeem was declared dead at the scene in WolverhamptonCredit: @SnapperSK
Police have launched an investigation

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Police have launched an investigationCredit: @SnapperSK

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