|ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (September 5, 2023) – Due to a training camp injury suffered by Moussa Gholam, undefeated Jordanian lightweight prospect Bader “The Master” Samreen (8-0, 7 KOs) has been elevated to the 10-round main event for this Saturday’s launch of the Rising Stars Arabia (RSA) series, the first of its kind in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Samreen will face veteran Mexican fighter Jose “Cuate” Paez Gonzales (16-2-2, 12 KOs) in the milestone event, promoted by AAM Seddiqi Sports and sponsored by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), steaming live on DAZN from Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Arena. It is sanctioned by the Middle East Professional Boxing Commission.
The first professional boxer from Jordan, Samreen embodies the spirit of the new RSA series, which will be a game-changer in the Arab boxing world, providing a platform to showcase the best of Arab boxing talent to international and regional audiences. The gifted Jordanian boxer captured a bronze medal at the prestigious 2018 AIBA Youth World Championships as an amateur. When he turned pro in 2021, he moved to Dubai because Jordan didn’t have proper boxing facilities for professionals.
Samreen gained invaluable exposure in the boxing world fighting on the undercard of two major pay-per-view events held in Saudi Arabia, Oleksandr Usyk-Anthony Joshua II, and Jake Paul-Tommy Fury.
Gonzales has a 10-1-2 record in his last 13 fights.
The 10-round co-featured event, UAE super flyweight prospect Sultan Al Nuaimi (9-0, 6 KOs) meets Jemsi Kibazange (18-6-3, 5KOs), of Tanzania. Al Nuaimi, known for his speed and agility, is a hometown favorite in UAE, where he is one of only a few professional boxers in addition to being an amateur champion there.
Undefeated cruiserweight force Mohammed “The Destroyer” Bekdash (25-0, 22 KOs), fighting out of Germany by way of his native Syria, has been added to the card in an eight-round bout versus Musa “Hitman” Ntege (8-4,, 6 KOs), of Uganda. The hard-hitting Bekdash is riding a 13-fight knockout streak dating back to 2015.
Another Jordanian boxer, Bishara Sabbar (6-0-0, 4KOs), is matched against India’s Mohd Azahar (8-5-1, 7KOs) in an eight-round bout for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth World super featherweight title.
Also fighting on the undercard are a pair of Egyptian Olympians, welterweight Marwan Mohamad Madboly (2-0, 1 KOs) and heavyweight Youssef Karrar (1-0, 0 KOs, fighting in six and four-round matches, respectively, against South African Sheldon Schultz (4-4, 4 KOs), and pro-debuting Muhammad Muzeei, of Uganda.
Unbeaten welterweight Rohit Choudhary (4-0-2, KOs), of India, is matched against Iran’s pro-debuting Benyamin Moradzadeh in a six-rounder, while Bahrain featherweight Yousuf Ali (2-0, 0 KOs) faces Semugenyi Alex (0-1), of Uganda, in a four-round contest.
AAM Seddiqi Sports has been promoting and managing fighters in the region for 10 years and it has a growing stable of more than 30 gifted regional and global talents. Its events include five world title shows that have been broadcasted globally on ESPN, Sky Sports, and other major networks.
DCT Abu Dhabi is responsible for promoting, protecting, and progressing the emirate by driving the strategic and sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sectors. As part of its mandate, the department is responsible for promoting regional and global sporting events in the emirate.
Tickets to Rising Stars Arabia are on sale now at abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net. Leading up to the event, fans can find updates on the AAM Seddiqi Sports Instagram channel @seddiqiboxing and on seddiqiboxing.com.