Dubai Fight Night: Lee McGregor challenges Karim Guerfi

Lee McGregor insists that the sacrifices he is having to make will all be worth it when he finally steps into the ring with EBU bantamweight champion Karim Guerfi next week.

British and Commonwealth king McGregor (9-0, 7 KOs) challenges Guerfi (29-4, 9 KOs) for his European title as part of the huge #RotundaRumble event on Saturday 6 February – live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on IFL TV.

It kicks off a run of three incredible cards that are taking place in Dubai over the next three months, held by D4G Promotions in association with Round 10 Boxing and MTK Global, and sponsored by Everlast and Sports Direct.

Edinburgh hero McGregor has been hard at work over the past few months with coach Ben Davison, and he’s confident that all the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into training will see him win the European title.

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McGregor said: “I’m absolutely buzzing that the fight has been re-arranged so soon, as I didn’t expect it to be this quick. It has picked me right back up and I’m flying in training.

“The two postponements were hard as I’ve been down in London sacrificing a lot and sacrificed Christmas away from my family. To have this new date is amazing and I’m so grateful.

“I’m definitely excited about fighting in Dubai, and it will go down as a piece of history. It’s more motivation for me to go out there and do a job and win the fight.

“I was out in Dubai for a training camp recently so I’ve experienced it all out there and know what to expect, so I’m looking forward to being back and winning the European title.”

Elsewhere on next week’s huge card, Sean McComb and Gavin Gwynne meet for the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title, Mark McKeown faces Brad Daws, Pierce O’Leary takes on Irvin Magno, and Hasibullah Ahmadi fights Haidari Mchanjo.

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Dubai Fight Series to launch next month

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D4G Promotions in association with Round 10 Boxing Club and MTK Global are delighted to announce three incredible events heading to Dubai in February, March and April.

The star-studded cards will be broadcast live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on IFL TV, and begin on Saturday 6 February with Lee McGregor challenging Karim Guerfi for his European bantamweight title, and Sean McComb facing Gavin Gwynne for the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title.

The action continues on Friday 12 March, as Tyrone McKenna meets undefeated Zhankosh Turarov in a brilliant super-lightweight bout, Lewis Crocker defends his WBO European welterweight title against Deniz Ilbay, and Gary Cully and Viktor Kotochigov collide for the vacant WBO European lightweight title.

The trio of fantastic bills then gets rounded up on Saturday 3 April, and features two Filipino superstars, as four-weight world champion Donnie Nietes and highly-rated Albert Pagara both return to the ring against opponents to be announced.

Some of Dubai’s best local stars will also be featured on the cards, as the likes of Hasibullah Ahmadi and Faizan Anwar are due to compete, while even more fights will be revealed for the events in the coming days.

Ahmed Seddiqi of D4G Promotions said: “We’re delighted to be working with Round 10 Boxing Club and MTK Global to bring these three sensational events to Dubai.

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“The events are taking place thanks to the superb work from the Dubai Government and the Dubai Sports Council, with their proactive approach to safety measures and protocols making them a shining example of how things should be done on the international stage.

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“Their tremendous dedication has seen Dubai become one of the global leaders in this department, and these events will follow all of the essential safety measures to ensure it is as safe as possible.

“Each card will feature some of the very best fighters in the world, along with a number of Dubai’s highly-rated up and coming stars, so we can’t wait to get started.

“I’ve worked in this region for many years to bring boxing here, and now I feel like it is really coming together. I’m looking forward to the future because it is going to be very bright. We want the Middle East to be one of the major powers in boxing. That’s our goal and our plan to help build up grassroots boxing in the region.”

MTK Global CEO Bob Yalen said: “With the cancellation of boxing in the UK in January, the team were forced to re-think the upcoming schedule for 2021, and after speaking with Ahmed Seddiqi of D4G Promotions, we came to a fantastic solution by deciding to move three of our next four shows to Dubai.

“These three shows in Dubai will feature some of the most exciting prospects and future stars on the MTK roster, and we’re excited to kick off 2021 in style.”

Everlast Group Head of Operations David Al-Mudallal added: “We’re delighted to be supporting the return of boxing to Dubai. As a brand synonymous with professional boxing and worn by all of the greats, it’s important to Everlast that we support events like these and the opportunities they afford to professional fighters across the world and the boxing fans that will tune in.”

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Rising stars added to Dubai Fight Series

Some of the best up and coming stars from around the world will be in action when the Dubai Fight Series launches on Saturday 6 February.

The event will be promoted by D4G Promotions in association with Round 10 Boxing and MTK Global, and will be broadcast live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on IFL TV.

The card also boasts an impressive line-up of two title fights, as Lee McGregor challenges Karim Guerfi for the EBU bantamweight title, and Sean McComb and Gavin Gwynne collide for the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title.

Three more fights have now been added to the bill, as Dublin sensation Pierce O’Leary (5-0, 2 KOs) faces a tough test against Irvin Magno (5-3-1, 1 KO).

Undefeated fighters will clash as highly-rated Mark McKeown (3-0, 1 KO) takes on Brad Daws (6-0, 2 KOs), while local Dubai star Hasibullah Ahmadi (10-0, 3 KOs) returns, going up against Haidari Mchanjo (12-8-5, 5 KOs).

MTK Global Promoter Lee Eaton said: “It’s fantastic to add even more star power to next month’s sensational card in Dubai. It was already a stellar line-up with two title fights, and now we have some incredible prospects also in action.

“Pierce O’Leary and Mark McKeown both have very dangerous tests against Irvin Magno and Brad Daws respectively, and the pair of them deserve immense credit for their willingness to jump in at the deep end and test their skills.

“We’ll also see Hasibullah Ahmadi get the chance to fight on the big stage, and he is a talent to watch out for from Dubai, so we can’t wait to kick off 2021 with a bang next month.”