Driver, 18, dies after he was critically injured in a horror crash which killed a teen boxing star dubbed the ‘next Amir Khan’
- The 18-year-old driver left in critical condition after crash died over the weekend
- The unnamed man was behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Corsa that hit a wall
- The Easter Sunday crash killed passenger Ali Tazeem, 18, a promising boxer
An 18-year-old driver who was critically injured in a crash which killed a teenage boxing star dubbed the ‘next Amir Khan’ has died.
Promising boxer Ali Tazeem was killed in a horror crash in Wolverhampton in the early hours of Easter Sunday.
Police scrambled to Merridale Road in the city after the Vauxhall Corsa Tazeem was travelling in hit a wall.
The driver of the Vauxhall Corsa was rushed to hospital in a critical condition, but died over the weekend
He was declared dead at the scene while the driver, also 18, was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.
The driver, who has not been named, died over the weekend.
Tazeem only signed his professional contract with Probellum three weeks before the fatal crash.
The Midlands sensation was tipped to have a massive future in the paid ranks following a hugely successful amateur career.
He won won 15 international gold medals from 51 bouts, losing on just six occasions.
Boxing legend Amir 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 in 2020: ‘I definitely think he is the next big thing for sure.’
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 the passenger’s neck to check for a pulse but there was none. He was gone.
‘It is so sad to see a young man’s life end like that. The road is a death trap.’
Midlands-born Tazeem poses with his promoter Sam Jones who confirmed his death on Twitter
Boxing promoter Sam Jones confirmed the news on Twitter on Easter Sunday morning
News of Tazeem’s death was confirmed by his promoter Sam Jones on Sunday, April 17, when he uploaded an emotional Twitter post.
‘This morning I woke up to the news that Ali Tazeem 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.’
On Sunday more than 5,000 wellwishers gather in Aston Park in Birmingham to pay their respects to the boxer.
Boxing rising star Ali Tazeem, 18, died following the car crash in Wolverhampton earlier this month
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