Abu Dhabi’s first-ever live professional boxing event will take place October 17 at the 5,000-seat capacity du Forum located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The event will be promoted by Lion Heart Boxing Productions, Ltd in association with Europe’s Top Team and will feature the two-time British heavyweight champion and Iron Mike Tyson conqueror, Danny Williams (46-11), Moroccan welterweight Said Ouali (29-4) and Dubai’s Mohammad Ali Bayat (3-0), all against opponents to be announced.
Previous professional boxing events in the United Arab Emirates have all been hosted in Dubai with the only exception being a fight card held on March 29, 2013 at the Sharjah Sports Stadium, in Sharjah, when Dubai’s Mohammed Ali Bayat Farid (3-0) faced Turkey’s Shahin Aras in a six-rounder.
Says Lion Heart Boxing Promotions CFO Edward B. Mendy, “We see the potential of Abu Dhabi as Boxing Mecca and are excited to be the early movers in the space. Unlike other foreign boxing promotions companies that come to the UAE looking for handouts and government money to fund their fights, all Lion Heart Boxing Promotions’ events in the UAE to date have been funded without a red cent from any governmental body. We have put our money where out mouth is and we are proud to be promoting the first boxing event in Abu Dhabi. October 17, 2013 not only be historic, but also will an entertaining night to remember.”