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Thomas Mashali v Sajjad Mehrabi set for Tanzania on May 14

Mwazoa 20/04/2016

Mwazoa Promotion continues to establish itself as one of the leading promotional outfits in East Africa, as it is set to stage a massive Universal Boxing Organization™ championship triple-header on Saturday, May 14 at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Headlining the card will be an intriguing match-up between local two-time UBO All-Africa champion Thomas Mashali (17-4-1, 9 KOs), and undefeated Iranian Sajjad Mehrabi (14-0-2, 1 KO) for the vacant UBO World Light Heavyweight title.

This will be the second visit to Tanzania for Mehrabi (30), a former amateur stand-out, who in 2014 seemed unlucky to only get a draw with former WBF world champion Francis Cheka in Dar-Es-Salaam. In his most recent bout he beat compatriot Gavad Zohrehvand (13-1) on points over ten rounds.

The co-feature of the stacked fight-card will also be for a UBO world title, as Cosmas Cheka (16-5-5, 2 KOs) takes on another Iranian in Javad Pagheh (7-2, 0 KOs) with the vacant Super Featherweight crown on the line.

While this will be the first championship fight for the visitor, and his first fight outside his native country, Cheka has partisipated, and won, several championship bouts and must be considered a favorite to capture the UBO world title.

In the third UBO title fight, local man Salehe “Pistol Power” Mkalekwa (6-1, 1 KO) will be in with vastly experienced Kenyan James Onyango (22-10-1, 18 KOs) in a bid to capture the vacant All-Africa Welterweight title.

Onyango is coming with four straight victories since his last defeat, a majority decision loss to another Tanzanian, former UBO International titlist Ramadhani Shauri, last June. He will be a very tough task for Mkalekwa, who´s only defeat was for the Tanzanian national title.

The undercard will be full of evenly matched bouts between local talents and contenders, hoping to one day headline a show like this themselves. Mwazoa Promotion is expecting that plenty of fans will turn up on the night, and a sell-out could be in the cards.