Professional Boxing In Egypt Moving Forward!

10.15.04 - Professional boxing in Egypt is currently on its way out of the anonymity it has found itself in for many years. Shows are being promoted regularly, and while US-based super middleweight Kabary Salem challenges Joe Calzaghe for the WBO world title on October 22, the country got another champion when undefeated (5-0) prospect Ahmed Mustafa won the vacant WBB “world” title this past August with an impressive stoppage victory over long-time fringe contender Rashid Matumla.

At least two more shows are scheduled before the end of the year by promoters Richard Nwoba/Louaa Debes, and the first will take place next week (October 21) at the Zamalek Club in Giza. Topping that bill will be the aforementioned Mustafa in an eight-round non-title fight against fellow undefeated Ramadan Mahmoud, and a minimum of four additional fights will occupy the undercard. In one of those fights, co-promoter Richard Nwoba will look to extend his unbeaten record (4-0, 4 KOs) against an opponent yet to be announced.

With undefeated fighters such as Mustafa, Nwoba, Nader Saraway (2-0, light welterweight), Ibrahim Saed (2-0, super featherweight) and others, along with the recent Olympic success of the Egyptian national amateur team, the future is looking bright at the moment. Even brighter should Salem pull off the upset on the 22nd against Calzaghe. If he doesn’t, plenty of young fighters from the land of the Pyramids are ready to take over for the veteran.

Article posted on 15.10.2004

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