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Frans Botha to headline May 1 UAE card

Last December, Edward Mendy’s Lion Heart Boxing promoted the first-ever live professional boxing event in Abu Dhabi history. Mendy will now return to the United Arab Emirates with a May 1 card taking place in Dubai. The event, billed as “May Day Mayhem,” will feature former heavyweight contender Frans Botha (48-11-3, 29 KOs) and take place at the Emirates Golf Club’s “The Lawns” venue. The 45-year-old “White Buffalo” will be looking to snap a six fight losing streak against an opponent to be named.

In the co-feature, 40-year-old former welterweight contender Antonio Mesquita (35-3, 27 KOs) returns against Dubai-based French fighter Nordine Arik (11-2-2, 4 KOs).

Also seeing action are heavyweight Martin Horak (3-1), cruiserweight Mohammed Ali Bayat (4-0), cruiserweight Abdul Kabanni (3-2), middleweight Rabih Fayad (1-0) and super featherweight Muhmmed Alshbli.

Tickets go on sale March 26.

“We see the potential of the UAE as the next Boxing Mecca and are excited to be early movers in the space,” said Edward Mendy, Lion Heart Boxing Promotions CFO. We are really encouraged by our continued development and incremental success in promoting boxing as a professional sport in UAE. With May Day Mayhem and Thursday Night Fights UAE, Lion Heart Boxing Productions not only plans to introduce the Thursday Night Fights series to Dubai, but also intends to develop the series into a major UAE sporting brand for worldwide television export. Further, we see Thursday Night Fights UAE as an additional platform to facilitate the growth and further development of Arab boxers in general and Emiratis in particular.”

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