Some great news has come from London on Monday. As we already wrote this past week, the organizers of the BOX LIVE Praha card that is scheduled to take place on March 11 at the Královka Arena were also planning to feature a former high-profile amateur boxer fighting in his professional debut.
Early days of this week have finally confirmed these plans as boxing fans in the Czech capital will get to see the fistic talents of Moroccan Mohammed Rabii.
The 23-year old native of Casablanca has had his fair share of successes in 2015 and 2016. First, he captured the welterweight gold at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, with his win being watched by both Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan from the ringside, and one year later, he also won bronze at the Olympics in Rio.
Following the Olympics, the first Muslim and Moroccan amateur world champion eventually decided to turn professional, choosing the Prague to be the place for his maiden fight.
“Along with my partner Gary Hyde, we’re currently guiding the career of one of the best amateur fighters in history, the Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux, and also the path of the Congo native Youri Kayembre Kalenga. This fall, we also acquired one of the world’s most talented fighters in Mohammed Rabii,” says Benny Blanko, manager of the Moroccan fighter, in his interview to Profiboxing.cz.
This is the second time in a very short period of time that he has managed to put the Czech boxing on both the European and world boxing map, as it was him who invited the legendary American Floyd Mayweather to attend the same card where Rabii’s professional debut takes place.
“The entire who’s who in the boxing promoter’s community wanted Mohammed to make his debut precisely on their card. We received many offers, but Mohammed eventually opted for Prague and the local BOX LIVE event. You’re going to see Floyd Mayweather at ringside and Rabii in the ring on Saturday, so Prague, prepare for a genuine taste of Las Vegas!” added Blanko.
Rabii’s debut in Prague will see him square off against the experienced Hungarian Laszlo Kovacs (11-6, 5 KOs) in a welterweight clash, and an eventual triumph will almost certainly catapult him among the best 500 fighters in the BoxRec.com rankings. The entire welterweight division, by the way, currently lists almost 2000 active fighters.
Rabii, who began boxing at the age of eight in his hometown of Casablanca, is currently living a happy life of a married young man. Being a multiple Moroccan and African champion, he was also chosen the best boxer of the WSB league in 2015. WSB, or World Series of Boxing, is, of course, a prestigious semi-professional competition run by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), and as it currently stands, Rabii has taken part in nine fights in total, losing only one to American Paul Kroll.