Al Dah to Fight in US Next

October 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Parvez Fatteh, Founder of http://sportingummah.com, sports@muslimobserver.com

17-EisaAlDah9-cropUnited Arab Emirates welterweight boxer Eisa Al Dah, also known as The Arabian Warrior, is scheduled to fight his tenth bout against as yet unconfirmed opposition on December 16 in Tampa, Florida after an invite to the USA International Boxing Championship sanctioned by the International Boxing Council (IBC).

The 32-year-old Emirati (seven wins, three losses, from nine fights, four by knock-out) has been training in the United States for the past two months with British WBA Super and IBF World Light Welterweight Champion Amir Khan. Khan fights Lamont Peterson at the Walter E Washington Convention Centre in Washington DC on December 10 to defend his titles.

Al Dah, who will fly back into the UAE on Monday before returning stateside for early November for the big fight, is hoping his famous sparring partner will enable him to reach higher competency over eight and six rounds, instead of his current four round ability.

The two-time Arab, six-time UAE and three-time West European champion, will be busy stoking support for his fight when he arrives back here this week as he looks to raise the profile of the sport in this region. Local training sessions will be taking place at Bel Rematha Sports Centre.

Having first beaten Larry Foster in 2007 via technical knock-out (TKO) in the first round at Shaikh Rashid Hall, at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Al Dah went on to beat David Love by first round stoppage in 2008 at the same venue.

Al Dah also beat Karl Taylor on points at Newport Leisure Centre in Wales that same year before losing to Alfredo Valdes by second round TKO in Polanco, Mexico in 2009. Three more wins followed in the form of two points decisions either side of a second round KO against Wayne Downing and Steve Cooper in Wales, plus Matt Seawright in Knightsbridge, London [listed chronologically] all in 2009.

However, it proved to be too much in a split decision loss awarded to Anthony Woods in Florida 2010. Al Dah made up for it in front of a home crowd at the Trade Centre with a third round KO of Ignasi Caballero this February. He now seeks his first career win in the Americas, [US and Mexico] where he’s previously sustained his sole losses.

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Amir Khan Invited to White House for ‘Eid

August 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Parvez Fatteh, TMO, Founder of http://sportingummah.com, sports@muslimobserver.com

Khan-beltBritish-Pakistani boxing world champion Amir Khan has been invited to celebrate Eid Ul-Fitr at the White House. Khan, the WBC and IBF junior welterweight champion of the world, received the invitation from the US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. He was invited along with other a-of-yet-unnamed influential people.

Khan was reportedly surprised to receive the invitation but is looking forward to the gathering, telling The Bolton News, “I am looking forward to it because she is such a powerful woman. It will be nice to meet her. I have never been to Washington either so it will be the first time for me. I will be meeting her in the Benjamin Franklin Room. I go on September 7 for one or two days. She invited me to go there to meet her for Eid. She has picked a few other people who are inspirational. I think I will find out in the next few days who the other guests are. At the end of the day I love doing things like this.”

Coming off of his knockout of Zab Judah through which he added the IBF junior welterweight belt to his collection, Khan will now be going off to Saudi Arabia for Ummrah. “I am going to do my pilgrimage with my family. It will be a good thing and I will do my prayers. This will be the third time I have gone,” he told The Bolton News.

Khan also spoke about the riots that took place in England last week. “I was in Bolton and I saw what happened and it was a big shock. People need to channel their energies into something positive that gives them determination and goals. I have a gym and my doors are always open for people to do training. It is bad what has happened and hopefully the kids will realize what they have done is wrong,” said the Bolton, England native. “I didn’t think it would happen in Bolton. We have a good community over here. Bolton is such a nice place.”

In regards to in-the-ring matters, Khan is now considering a matchup with Mexican fighter Erik Morales this fall, with an eye towards a possible dream showdown with Floyd Mayweather, Jr., possibly in Wembley Stadium in London, next year.

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Possible Amir Khan Opponents

August 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Parvez Fatteh, TMO, Founder of http://sportingummah.com, sports@muslimobserver.com

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WBA and IBF junior welterweight boxing champion Amir Khan is still basking in the glory of his knockout of Zab Judah last week. While Khan had previously sought to fight WBC and WBO champion Timothy Bradley, Bradley claimed that Khan was not enough of a draw and not enough of a challenger, so he sidestepped Khan. Now Bradley is being sued by his promoters due to his failure to take on Khan’s challenge.

Khan, meanwhile, has now set his sights even higher than Bradley, eyeing up a match with the great Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Mayweather has been doing some sidestepping of his own, avoiding Manny Pacquiao of the Phillipines. While the Khan-Mayweather may happen some time in the next 12 months, a more likely opponent for Khan in the short term is Lamont Peterson. Peterson disposed of Victor Cayo last week, putting him in line as a possible mandatory challenger to Khan’s titles.

Amir Khan found some time to have a little fun in the wake of his recent victory. In his attempt to gain popularity in the United States, Khan made an appearance on the George Lopez show on TBS. And by all accounts, Khan was well-spoken and polished and held his own with the comedian.

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Amir Khan Knocks Out Judah

July 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Parvez Fatteh, TMO, Founder of http://sportingummah.com, sports@muslimobserver.com

amir5Amir Khan used his advantages of speed, height, and youth earlier this week and dominate his elder challenger, Zab Judah, to further unify the junior welterweight division of boxing. Khan knocked out Judah with a hard right hand in the fifth round Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the process, he added Judah’s IBF junior welterweight title to his own WBA title Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Khan, age 24, definitely looked more spritely than the 33 year old Judah. After landing punches early and often, Khan finally struck Judah in the mid-section in the fifth round. Judah fell to his knees and tried to indicate to the referee that he had a received a blow below the belt. But the referee was not buying it, and he counted Judah out, to give Khan the knockout. And replays clearly showed that the final blow was indeed a clean one.

“Zab is a great fighter, but he was a little awkward,” Khan said to reporters afterward. “I knew he was getting hurt and moving away and ducking. I kept hitting him right on the face and the shot that took him down hit him right on the belt. If it had gone another few rounds, I would have knocked him out with a clean shot. I saw I was hurting him and it was only a matter of time.”

Judah, with 41 wins, 7 losses, and 28 knockouts, and his promoter Kathy Duva, did not agree with the decision. “It was a low blow,” Judah said. “I was trying to get myself together [when I was down] and that was self defense there [going down]. He jabbed my cup. It was an uppercut and it lifted the belt and that really hurt. The punch was clearly below his belt.

Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) was leading by a 40-36 shutout on all three scorecards at the time of the knockout. “I think my speed overwhelmed him along with my power,” Khan said. “I built it up from the beginning and took my time. I could’ve gone with the plan to knock him out sooner, but I wanted to work my way up. I’m No. 1 in the division. Now I will go back and see who my team is going to line up for me next.”

Khan was supposed to face WBC and WBO titleholder Timothy Bradley Jr., but Bradley turned down the fight despite a 50-50 offer from Khan that would have paid him possibly as much as $1.8 million. “If Bradley didn’t want to fight then, he probably doesn’t want to fight him now after seeing what he just did to Zab Judah,” Golden Boy promoter Richard Schaefer told ESPN.

Bradley, for his part, still sounds uninterested. “He’s not ready for the ‘Storm,’” Bradley said after the fight, referring to his nickname “Desert Storm.” “I’m not impressed,” Bradley continued. “I know the comments that are going to be made about this, but I’m not stressing over what everyone else is saying. When we do get in the ring everyone will see who the best 140-pounder in the world is.”

Under the terms of his deal with HBO, Khan is required to fight again in December, once again in the United States. “We’ll see who will be available,” Schaefer said. “It might be the winner of [the Aug. 27] Robert Guerrero-Marcos Maidana fight. It might be Erik Morales. But I really don’t think Bradley wants to have anything to do with Amir Khan. It was a great performance. The combinations, what a talented fighter. One more fight at 140 and then in the spring move up to 147 and go get one of the big boys.”

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Amir Khan Unification Fight with Bradley Off

May 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Parvez Fatteh, TMO, Founder of http://sportingummah.com, sports@muslimobserver.com

Amir KhanPakistani-British boxer Amir Khan and his camp are moving on after an imposed deadline issued by Golden Boy Promotions to junior welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley Jr. came and went last week. Golden Boy CEO Richard Shaefer said that he had not heard from Gary Shaw, Bradley Jr.’s promoter or anyone in his camp before or after the 1pm deadline on Wednesday.  Khan (25-1, 17 knockouts) and Bradley (27-0, 11 knockouts) were scheduled to meet July 23rd in Las Vegas after Schaefer had worked out a deal with Khan, Shaw and HBO. However, in the end, Bradley chose not to accept Shaw’s offer of a minimum of $1.3 million, which would have been a career-high purse for Bradley.  The failure of this fight to occur is disappointing for several reasons. The hype for this fight had begun even before Khan took on and defeated Paul McCloskey in England last month. But more importantly, the fight would have unified three titles in the light welterweight division, with Khan holding the World Boxing Association (WBA) title, and Bradley holding the World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) belts.

For now, the back-up plan for Khan is a group of boxers that include interim lightweight titlist Robert Guerrero, Marcos Maidana (who Khan defeated in a close decision back in December), Erik Morales and International Boxing Federation (IBF) titleholder Zab Judah.  Each candidate is promoted by Golden Boy except Judah, who is with Main Events, which has done several fights with Golden Boy in the past. The logical target from this list would be Zab Judah, who is the IBF light welterweight belt holder. So, with Khan’s WBA belt, it would provide at least some level of unification. Discussions, however, are ongoing.

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