The next chapter in the “Rising Stars Arabia” boxing saga is set to unroll on a breezy Saturday night, March 2nd, amid the green fairways of Yas Links Golf Course in Abu Dhabi. This outdoor brawl fest is bringing the heat and the noise, aiming to shine a light on Arab boxers who’ve been lurking in the shadows, waiting for their moment in the ring.
For those glued to their screens, the fight night will be live and kicking on DAZN and ESPN Knockout, with Abu Dhabi Sports TV joining the streaming party from 8 p.m. local time.
After two rounds of fist-flying action that left fans baying for more, the series is back, promising to unveil the rough diamonds and gritty veterans from a region that’s been a bit of a dark horse in the boxing world.
Topping the bill is a 10-rounder that pits Moroccan powerhouse Jaouad Belmehdi against Ghana’s unbeaten gem, Alfred Lamptey. Belmehdi, with a track record of decking opponents in the French lightweight scene, is on a roll with a trio of wins under his belt. Meanwhile, young gun Lamptey comes decorated with titles and an unblemished record, ready to throw down.
“Rising Stars Arabia” is making waves as the first event of its kind in the Middle East, shaking up the scene under the watchful eye of the Middle East Professional Boxing Commission. With Ahmed Seddiqi at the helm, the series is breaking the mold, forcing Western promoters to sit up and take notice of Arab talent.
Local lad Fahad Al Bloushi is all set to defend his turf in the co-main event, squaring off against Venezuelan slugger Andres Garcia. Al Bloushi’s not just any fighter; he’s the most seasoned Emirati to lace up gloves, riding high on a 12-fight winning streak.
The card’s also packing a punch with Sultan Al Nuaimi, the UAE’s super flyweight sensation, facing Eliu Canario in a clash that’s got fireworks written all over it. And keep an eye on Iraq’s light heavyweight hopeful Amer Kadhum Ghaneem as he steps up against WBC Asian champ Wulamu Tulake.
Don’t miss the welterweight war between Egypt’s Abdumonem Said and India’s undefeated Faizan Anwar.
The undercard’s brimming with action too, featuring a mix of hungry newcomers and seasoned fighters looking to make their mark. From Egyptian brawlers to a Kenyan underdog, it’s all set to be a night of non-stop action.
Remember, the lineup might shift, so stay tuned.
Behind the scenes, AAM Seddiqi Sports has been pulling the strings for a decade, building a roster of fighters that’s as diverse as it is talented. With a history of world-title bouts broadcasted on the biggest sports networks, they’re no strangers to the spotlight.
“Rising Stars Arabia 3” is a joint venture with Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism, promising a night of raw, unfiltered boxing that’s not to be missed.