Historic Dubai Show Sells Out Early
The ground-breaking #DXBUncovered boxing event at Dubai’s Emirates Golf Club has sold out 48 hours before Friday’s opening bell.
The Round 10 Boxing Club and MTK Global show – featuring two major title fights and broadcast live on ESPN+ and iFL TV – will take place in front of a packed house; much to the delight of organisers.
MTK Global President Bob Yalen told iFL TV: “This is unchartered territory in effect. There’s such potential. You plant a seed and you hopefully watch it grow.
“There are terrific venues here and you’ll see that the backdrop for Friday night is phenomenal. We hope the crowd enjoys it.
“If boxing takes, it’s a huge area of untapped potential – not just in terms of the fighters but in terms of various venues. You take your shot and you see what happens. We think this is the right shot!”
Top Rank Chief Operating Officer Bradley Jacobs added: “I think it’s terrific. We have a lot of experience about being in new territories. Bob and I started shows in Macau in China and we had no idea what it was going to be.
“It turned out, we wound up going to Macau and doing two Manny Pacquiao fights with 15,000 people in the arena at 8am! We expect no different here. This is a market that’s going to grow and I think grow quickly.”
The night includes boxers from no fewer than 19 nations as Ireland’s Davey Oliver Joyce and Scotland’s Stephen Tiffney contest the WBO European featherweight title, while local hero Aliu Bamidele Lasisi clashes with Ricardo Blandon for the WBC International super-flyweight crown.
A glittering undercard features the likes of Uzbekistan’s Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov, the highly-rated Kazakh Sultan Zaurbek, heavy-handed young Australian Mateo Tapia and many more.