IBA Champions’ Night to feature title fights in Dubai

Lausanne, Switzerland (18 November 2023) – The IBA to present title fights at its Champions’ Night in Dubai where the best athletes are facing each other in a pro-style boxing format.  

In the main event, the Olympic champion from Russia Albert Batyrgaziev faces a 3-time World champion from Cuba, Lazaro Alvarez for a first of a kind IBA professional title in a 10-round bout in the 60kg weight category.   

Silver medallist of the IBA Men’s World Championships 2023 Saidjamshid Jafarov from Uzbekistan faces Sewonrets Okazawa, a World champion from Japan, in 71kg division fight. Aliaksei Alfiorau from Belarus, a silver medallist of the IBA World Championships, challenges Loren Alfonso representing Azerbaijan who is a World champion and Olympic bronze medallist in their 86kg contest. 

Three professional fights are scheduled for the same night of action. World and Olympic champion from Russia Evgeny Tishchenko fights against Leon Harth from Germany for the WBA World Champion title in 12-round bout. World champion from Russia Muslim Gadzhimagomedov meets with German boxer Artur Mann in 10-round bout, and World champion Mark Petrovskii fights Australian boxer Lukas Browne in another scheduled 10-round contest.    

‘The fight card promises to deliver a great IBA Champions’ Night that will crown the year,’ IBA Secretary General and CEO Chris Roberts OBE said. ‘The first IBA title will be truly memorable as these boxers have challenged each other several times, and every boxer has a victory against the other. It is going to be an exciting night of fights and we will have five more brilliant challenges between strong rivals. I am looking forward to enjoying it together with boxing fans from around the world.’

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