First-Ever Live Professional Boxing Event in Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi’s first-ever live professional boxing event, Thursday Night Fights @ Yas Island, will be promoted by Lion Heart Boxing Productions, Ltd in association with Europe's Top Team and is scheduled for October 17, 2013. It will feature the Two-Times British Heavyweight Champion and Iron Mike Tyson Conqueror, Danny Williams, as well as top boxers from the international scene, United Arab Emirates and the MENA Region.

Danny Williams Alone

Thursday Night Fights @ Yas Island, as the first-ever live professional boxing event in Abu Dhabi history, rightly will start with a big bang.

The first-ever live professional boxing competition is coming to Abu Dhabi. Lion Heart Boxing Productions, Ltd., a global Boxing Promotion and Sports & Entertainment Company based in Kinnelon, New Jersey (USA), will introduce live professional boxing to Abu Dhabi by producing a version of the acclaimed Thursday Night Fights series at the 5,000-capacity du Forum, located on Yas Island, in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi’s first-ever live professional boxing event is titled Thursday Night Fights @ Yas Island and is scheduled for October 17, 2013. It will feature top boxers from the international scene as well as local and regional boxing stars. Thursday Night Fights @ Yas Island, as the first-ever live professional boxing event in Abu Dhabi history, rightly will start with a big bang. Thursday Night Fights @ Yas Island will feature former British Heavyweight Champion and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Danny Williams (46-11), Moroccan Welterweight Champion Said Ouali (29-4) and Dubai’s Mohammad Ali Bayat (3-0), all against opponents to be announced. Danny Williams’ illustrious career includes a knockout win over former Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World, Iron Mike Tyson. Williams also served as Two-Time British Heavyweight Champion (most title defenses), Two-Time Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion (also most title defenses), WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion, and WBU Champion. Ouali, who attended ADISE 2013, has been ranked in the top ten in his weight class.

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.”

Abu Dhabi has never hosted a live professional boxing event. All of the professional boxing events that have been produced in the United Arab Emirates to date have 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.

Abu Dhabi's only flirt with professional boxing occurred in April 2013, when Lion Heart Boxing Productions sponsored daily pro boxing exhibitions at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) free of charge to the public during the Abu Dhabi International Sports Exhibition (ADISE) 2013. ADISE, which brought the world of sports under one roof, was organized by UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. These daily exhibitions during ADISE gave Abu Dhabi an opportunity to experience the excitement of boxing, albeit only in exhibition format. Featured boxers included Ihab Matbouli, Jordan’s first Olympian, and Said Ouali, who slated to fight on October 17.

Thursday Night Fights @ Yas Island will be streamed live on ESPN3. Also, it will televised in the USA in over 100 Million American cable homes. Thursday Night Fights @ Yas Island also may be seen on TV nationally in the UAE nationally, in primetime, and will syndicated regionally and in other markets, as feasible. Now, Abu Dhabi and the UAE will get a chance to experience why Thursday Night Fights is billed “The Best Fight Series of all Time.”

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