The first-ever live professional boxing event scheduled for Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, is being postponed. Event promoter Lion Heart Boxing Productions forced to reschedule the October 17 event due to unavoidable circumstances beyond its control. Says, CFO Edward Mendy, “Though we had several other issues, we had no choice but to postpone the show as four African fighters on the card did not get visas. The UAE has one of the easiest visa application processes in the world. Typically, a visa takes two days unless complicated by the applicant’s CID investigation. Thus, we did not worry about the visas, did not apply for visas sufficiently early and were blindsided by Eid. All government offices in the UAE are closed October 10 through October 20 for Eid. The visa issue cost us both main events. The opponent for Williams (Mazur Ali) is from Egypt and while the opponent for Ouali (Ebenezer Lamptey) is from Ghana. Additionally, we lost two other fights (the Braxton and Mesquita fights). Thus, We decided to reschedule rather than put on a subpar show with only local fighters since we had major television with ESPN3, Abu Dhabi Sports and several other TV channels contracted to air the fights.”
The show, billed as “Thursday Night Fights @ Yas Island” is rescheduled for December 19, 2013 at the 5,000-capacity du Forum, located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The event will be streamed live on ESPN3 worldwide except the MENA Region, where it will be geoblocked, and televised live, and in primetime, by Abu Dhabi Sports in the UAE and MENA Region, and will be syndicated regionally and in other markets.