Yassine Ettabouti from Morocco and Bakhtiyar Isgandarzada from Azerbaijan will square off for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Eurasia Light Welterweight title on Saturday, December 10, at the Hall Monconseil in Tours, France.
Billed as “Les Princes Du Ring”, the scheduled ten-rounder is the main event of a five-bout show promoted by Association Elbaja Boxing Academy de Tours, and must be considered a significant step up in class for Ettabouti in what will be his first championship fight.
While it will also be his first professional fight outside his native country, Ettabouti, so far 9-1 (1) in the paid ranks, can expect big support on the night, due to the large migrant population of Moroccan origins in France. There is no doubt that the man from Casablanca will be the “home fighter”!
But in Isgandarzada, 11-9 (4), who has already been involved in five fights over ten or twelve rounds, and challenged for minor titles against very respectable opposition, he will be severely tested by an opponent who is not fazed by fighting in his opponents back-yard.
It shapes up to be a noisy and action-packed event in Tours, and it remains to be seen if the partisan crowd will work in favor of Ettabouti, or if the pressure and expectations will be too much for him. Against Isgandarzada he can not afford to have an off-night.