Ali Tazeem: Teenage boxing star dubbed 'the next Amir Khan' killed in West Midlands car crash

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A teenage boxing star dubbed the "next Amir Khan" has been reportedly killed in a car crash in the West Midlands.

Ali Tazeem, aged 18 from Wolverhampton, had just signed a professional contract after winning his final amateur bout with a dazzling performance in front of a packed crowd.

The popular young boxer was once praised by British boxing great Amir Khan, who predicted: "He will be the next me and make history."

However Ali's death was confirmed on Sunday by promoter Sam Jones, who said on Twitter: "This morning 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."

Police said they were investigating a fatal crash in Wolverhampton in the early hours of Sunday morning.

An 18-year-old passenger died in the collision and the driver, also 18, was taken to hospital with critical injuries.

West Midlands Police have not yet named those involved in the fatal crash.

Former unified light-welterweight world champion Khan paid tribute to Ali, who he said was the son of his friend 'Tee'.

He posted on Twitter: "Went to show my respect for loss of my dear friend Tee's son, Ali tazeem.

"Rip champ, a big loss for in the british Asian boxing community 🙏."

There were high hopes for Ali's career in the weeks before his death, with Mr Jones saying he had "all the tools to make it to the very top of this sport".

Ali himself, on signing his professional contract, said: "I've made a lot of moves inside the ring, but the best move I've made in my career is signing with Probellum

"With hard work and dedication, I know I can be the best in the business, especially with the support of Sam Jones, Probellum, my team and great people around me."