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Title fights to headline D4G's boxing showcase on August 20th

Words by EDGAR

Fight night

The Conrad Hotel Dubai is the place to see exemplary boxing skills on Friday, August 2021. Two title fights will be up for grabs on the night with Dubai-trained Hasibullah Ahmadi and Rauf Aghayev going toe-to-toe for the WBC Asia Featherweight championship.

EDGAR caught up with promoter Ahmed Abdulmagied Seddiqi of D4G promotions to talk about this Dubai Rising Star's event.


What is your role at this event?

We (D4G) are the organisers. We have been promoting boxing for a very long time in Dubai and this a big event for us. We also organised a world title event in April 2021, which was internationally broadcasted by ESPN+ in the US, Dubai TV, ESPN Knockout in Latin America and IFL TV, which is an online platform. We are everywhere.

What fights do we have to look forward to?

We have nine fights on the card including two WBC Asia title fights. The main event is a featherweight fight between Hasibullah Ahmadi from Afghanistan and Rauf Aghayev from Azerbaijan. We also have a lightweight championship clash between Apichet Petchmanee and Phumiritdet Chonlathondamrongkun.

Explain the Dubai Rising Stars concept?

90 per cent of the fighter on the main fight are Dubai based or trained fighters. We also have two Emirati fighters Sultan Al Nuaimi and Fahad Al Bloushi in the super featherweight category fighting on Friday night.

How are you promoting the local talent here?

We want to develop local talent. We have a gym and training facilities at Round 10 boxing club, and we have a lot of amateur fighters who work with UAE boxing federation and train professional boxing athletes. We have a holistic approach in developing local talent at every level.

What makes Dubai so important to the world of boxing?

There is a lot of interest and there is a bright future for the sport here in Dubai. We have international promoters coming here, we have world class arenas such as the Coca-Cola arena. So I see a lot of interest and that’s very encouraging.

Tickets for the Dubai Rising Stars boxing event on August 20th, 2021 are available at Platinumlist

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