Al-Qahtani: Dubai Feels Like Homecoming
Zuhayr Al-Qahtani feels like he is on the verge of another huge homecoming as he prepares to compete on Friday’s historic ‘The Fight – DXB Uncovered’ at Dubai’s Emirates Golf Club – live on ESPN+ and iFL TV.
Unbeaten Al-Qahtani (5-0) has close ties with Dubai due to family he has in the region, and he’s thrilled to have the chance to fight there on what is set to be a very special night.
Al-Qahtani said: “Part of my family are from Dubai, so for me to box there feels like another homecoming. I’ve got a large fan base in the Middle East and a lot of my supporters are coming to the fight which is really good.
“I’m very excited. I haven’t boxed since I fought in Saudi Arabia in September so I’m really eager to get back in the ring. This feels like a dream come true and I’m ready to go and make an impact.
“The entire experience of fighting in Saudi Arabia will help me massively for this fight. I was a bit nervous in Saudi Arabia because it was a big card in my home country, but now I’ve dealt with that, it doesn’t matter where or who I fight now.
“I travel to Dubai quite often so it’s great to be back out there where it feels like home. As soon as I heard about this card I was eager to get on the bill, so I can’t wait to compete.”
Friday’s card in Dubai also features Davey Oliver Joyce and Stephen Tiffney fighting for the WBO European title, plus Kazakh sensation Sultan Zaurbek, huge-hitting Mateo Tapia, and local heroes such as Aliu Bamidele Lasisi, who fights for the WBC International super-flyweight belt.