Stephen Tiffney looking forward to Dubai appearance

RINGSIDE 26/03/2019

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Featherweight star Stephen Tiffney is having to pinch himself ahead of the chance to beat Davey Oliver Joyce to the WBO European featherweight title in Dubai on April 5 – live on ESPN+ and iFL TV.

Tiffney (10-1) faces Joyce for the crown at Emirates Golf Club on a packed Round 10 Boxing Club card broadcast around the world and, having visited Dubai before, the Scot is delighted to be heading there on business this time.

Tiffney said: “I was on holiday in Dubai with my wife last year, so it’s crazy to think I’ll now be fighting there. It’s a great place and I’m looking forward to heading over there again.

“It’s a fantastic card and the first MTK Global show to be shown on ESPN+ in America, so I’m really excited. There are lots of talented stars on the bill, including some Olympians, so it’s one not to miss.

“This is a massive fight for me, and winning this bout and earning a title can open doors for some big fights. I’ve been training hard and I’m ready to get in the ring.

“I’ve been boxing for a lot of years now and have been travelling around from a young age when I was in the amateurs, so all of that experience will count when it comes to nights like this.

“The fight is getting closer and closer, and it’s going to be a brilliant event.”

The bout between Joyce and Tiffney is part of a lengthy bill in Dubai, which also features the likes of Uzbekistan’s Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov, Australia’s Mateo Tapia (9-0-KO5), Saudi Arabia’s Zuhayr al-Qahtani (5-0), Kazakh sensation Sultan Zaurbek (5-0-KO3), local hero Aliu Bamidele Lasisi (12-0-KO8) and many more.