The International Boxing Association (IBA) has scheduled its inaugural Champions’ Night in Dubaifor this Saturday where Olympic champion Albert Batyrgaziev from Russia and Cuban three-time world champion, Lazaro Alvarez, will slug it out over 10 rounds in the 60kg weight category for the first IBA professional title.
Four IBA professional bouts, in the pro-style boxing format first of its kind, are scheduled in the main event, as well as three professional fights.
Silver medallist of the IBA Men’s World Championships 2023 Saidjamshid Jafarov from Uzbekistan will battle Sewonrets Okazawa, a World champion from Japan, in 71kg division fight.
Also, Aliaksei Alfiorau from Belarus, a silver medallist of the IBA World Championships, challenges Loren Alfonso representing Azerbaijan who is a World champion and Olympic bronze medallist in their 86kg contest.
The three professional fights for same night include the one involving World and Olympic champion from Russia Evgeny Tishchenko who will fight Leon Harth from Germany for the WBA World Champion title in 12-round bout.
World champion from Russia Muslim Gadzhimagomedov have a date with German boxer, Artur Mann, in a 10-round bout, and World champion Mark Petrovskii fights Australian boxer Lukas Browne in another scheduled 10-round contest.
Speaking about the Champions’ Night in Dubai, IBA Secretary General and CEO, Chris Roberts OBE, enthused his excitement ahead of Saturday.
“The fight card promises to deliver a great IBA Champions’ Night that will crown the year.
“The first IBA title will be truly memorable as these boxers have challenged each other several times, and every boxer has a victory against the other.
“It is going to be an exciting night of fights and we will have five more brilliant challenges between strong rivals. I am looking forward to enjoying it together with boxing fans from around the world,” he concluded.