Homegrown boxing talent set to shine on Dubai Rising Stars show
Excitement continues to grow for Friday’s spectacular “Rising Stars” event at the Conrad Hotel in Dubai, with the fighters gathered for the final press conference.
The event is promoted by Ahmed A. Seddiqi for D4G Promotions, and is sponsored by Hublot, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons & Kinetik. The event will air in the United States on ESPN +, in Latin America on ESPN Knockout and on IFL TV for the rest of the world, and can also be heard on the radio with our partner Channel 4, 104.8.
Promoter Ahmed A. Seddiqi said: “This is a big event for us here in Dubai. Unfortunately, we lost a few fights, but everything happens for a reason. These are the rising stars of Dubai, and 90% of the fighters on this map are based in Dubai. We have been working on promotion for many years. We have a mix of regional titles, world titles, and the goal is to have a local UAE based fighter fighting for a world title. This is the dream. It takes time and I hope it will come. It’s a huge achievement for Dubai Boxing to have a live event in the US on ESPN +. We have two big title fights and we’re really excited.
The massive card sees Dubai-based Hasibullah Ahmadi (12-0, 4 KOs) in the main event, as he faces Rauf Aghayev (31-10, 14 KOs) for the WBC Asian featherweight title, and Apichet Petchmanee (9-0, 2 KOs) and Phumiritdet Chonlathondamrongkun (7-0, 7 KOs) meet for the WBC Asia lightweight title.
Several proud Dubai residents will also compete on the bill, as Faizan Anwar (7-0, 4 KOs) takes on Ricky Sismundo (35-15-3, 17 KOs), Bader Samreen (2-0, 2 KOs) takes on Sharobiddin Jurakhonov (2-3-1, 2 KO) and Sultan Al Nuaimi (3-0, 2 KO) share the ring with Mishiko Shubitdze (17-18-3, 8 KO). Khurshid Tojibayev (4-0, 2 KOs) rounds off the main card, as he faces Achiko Odizadze (22-17-1, 8 KOs)
On the undercard, Jamie King (1-0, 1 KO) fights Taryel Jafarov (7-2, 6 KOs), Ryan Aston (20-5-2, 8 KOs) faces Shalva Guchmazovi (3-6-2, 2 KO), and Fahad Al Bloushi (4-1, 1 KO) meets Medi Miro (0-1).
Quotes from key fighters:
HASIBULLAH AHMADI: “I would like to thank my Round 10 Boxing and D4G Promotions team for this opportunity. I started my career here in Dubai and now I am fighting for the first title of my career.
“I am excited and this is very important for my country and for me, soon we will be fighting for the world title here in Dubai. I saw clips of my opponent. He has a lot of experience, but I will win.
APICHET PETCHMANEE: “I would like to thank D4G Promotions for the warm welcome I received in Dubai. I like to be here. I prepared a lot for this fight. I have aspirations to continue and win more titles, and become world champion.
“My experience definitely gives me the upper hand in this fight. I’m happy to have a promising fighter who challenges me, and that will test me in my career.
PHUMIRITDET CHONLATHONDAMRONGKUN “I am delighted to be here. I have a lot of knockouts to my credit and I think that gives me an advantage. It gives me a great chance in this fight.
FAIZAN ANWAR: “I am very happy to be back here. Thanks to my D4G Promotions team for this opportunity. I have a lot of confidence because my last two fights were against two good fighters. I know my opponent is more experienced than me, but this time I can show my talent and what I am capable of. It will be a good fight.
RICKY SISMUNDO: “Thanks to D4G Promotions for giving me a chance to fight here. Friday I’ll show my skills and have a good fight. May the best win.
BATH TOGETHER: “I know what I’m capable of and I know the skills I have from all the hard work I put into the gym. I will push my opponent to the end and I will win.
CHAROBIDDINE JURAKHONOV: “I’ve been out of the ring for a while because of COVID and a few other things, but now I’m back and ready for fight night on Friday.”
KHURSHID TOJIBAEV: “Thank you for welcoming me here and giving me this opportunity in Dubai. I haven’t fought for 18 months and I’m really excited to fight here. Thanks to my MTK Global leadership and I can’t wait to go back. ”
OCHIKO ODIKADZE: “Thank you very much for the invitation to Dubai. I’m really grateful to be here and can’t wait to fight on Friday. “
RYAN ASTON: “It’s been a long time coming, there were a few setbacks, but I prepared well. I am fit, strong and ready to box. I’ve seen enough of my opponent, he’s a good fighter, but it will be nothing short of a win for me on fight night.
SHALVA GUCHMAZOVI: “This is my second time in Dubai and the welcome has been very warm, so thank you for inviting me here. I am very confident that I will achieve the victory on the night of the fight.
JAMIE KING: “It was a great knockout last time around and I was really happy with it, but he was a low level opponent, so it’s the level of the people I fought that gives me confidence. I’m also confident in my power, and now it’s about getting up to the level of my opponents and showing what I’m capable of. The past eight months have proven to me that consistency is key, so I just want to fight and train, and then everything will fall into place. I recently teamed up with former two-weight world champion Paul Weir, and he really helped me advance my skills.
FAHAD AL BLOUSHI: “I really worked hard to get to this point in my career. I have to thank my teammates as well as we all push each other. Can’t wait to fight Friday and get in there and start working. I will get the victory on the night of the fight.
SULTAN AL NUAIMI: “I’m excited, and it’s such a pleasure to be here. I’ll show my best. I believe in less talk, more action. Bring the fight night.
MISHIKO PROVIDE: “Thank you very much for welcoming me to Dubai. It’s my first time and I can’t wait to fight on Friday. I’ll put on the best show I can on fight night.
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