Uzbek hero Shakhobidin Zoirov is set to end the long wait for his professional debut and delight Dubai on Friday night.
The 2016 Olympic champion kicks off his career in the paid ranks with high expectations as he faces Anthony Holt on the stacked #DXBUncovered show at Emirates Golf Club – live on ESPN+ and iFL TV.
Rather than feel under pressure, Zoirov welcomes the extra scrutiny that comes with being tagged as a blue chip prospect.
‘Shakho’ said: “As Olympic champion, I feel my role in events like this is extra important. Expectations are high but I plan to meet all of them and achieve my own goals too.
“I enjoyed my time as an amateur and will always look back on my achievements with pride but the time as come for me to start making noise in the professional game.
“It really doesn’t matter who is across from me in that ring on Friday or any other time. I have the confidence of being an Olympic champion and a great belief in my ability.
“I saw my great friend Hurshid Tojibaev make a his debut with a stoppage victory the other night and I hope to put on a show like that for the fans in Dubai.”
Zoirov is joined on a stellar bill by several MTK Global team-mates – including Davey Oliver Joyce and Stephen Tiffney, who clash for the WBO European featherweight title, plus fast-rising Kazakh Sultan Zaurbek, hard-hitting Australian Mateo Tapia and more.
Local fans will cheer on several of their heroes with Nigerian-born Aliu Bamidele Lasisi bidding for the WBC International super-flyweight title against Ricardo Blandon and Larry Abarra, Anahit Aroyan, Majid Al-Naqbi and Hasibullah Ahmadi also in action.
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