Huge-hitting Mateo Tapia is preparing to serve up a showcase of his talent on Friday’s historic ‘The Fight – DXB Uncovered’ at Dubai’s Emirates Golf Club – live on ESPN+ and iFL TV.
The 20-year-old (9-0-KO5), who is Mexican born but now fights out of Australia, is attracting plenty of attention having already secured a State title via knockout and faces another significant step up in India’s Gaganpreet Sharma (8-1-KO4).
Tapia said: “I’ve been working on being a bit smarter in the ring. Last time, I came out too tense for each round and I had to switch my game plan and box slick. I’ll be patient on the night in Dubai.
“It’s inspiring to be fighting in Dubai. I’ll try and put on a show for an overseas crowd and such a huge audience worldwide. To be travelling at such a young age doing what you love inspires me to be the best I can be.
“The MTK Global deal with Top Rank and ESPN+ is so big. There are a lot of Mexican boxing fans and that’s a hot spot. To be an MTK Global fighter on those shows, a lot of Mexican fans will be tuning in. It’ll be a great experience and good exposure for me.
“It’s just amazing to have this opportunity. Words can’t describe it – I’m so blown away.”
Joining ‘El Tijuanero’ on a spectacularly international card are MTK Global team-mates Davey Oliver Joyce and Stephen Tiffney, who face off for the WBO European title, Kazakh sensation Sultan Zaurbek, ‘Arabian Warrior’ Zuhayr Al-Qahtani plus local heroes such as Aliu Bamidele Lasisi, who bids for the WBC International super-flyweight crown.
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