Hadi Srour says he will give his opponent Michael Mooney (8-44-1, 3 KO) ‘a boxing lesson’ as he sets out to prove he is Norway’s best pound-for-pound fighter when making his professional debut on February 3 at the SØR Amfi in Arendal.
With over 100 amateur wins to his name, Srour is one of the Norway's most promising boxing talents. Last year, he won Nordic and national titles, while also impressing internationally at the European Championships and in World Championship qualifiers.
Now, having proven his pedigree in the amateur ranks, the 22 year-old plans to waste little time establishing himself as a professional, starting with a four-round super lightweight showdown against the experienced British-boxer Mooney.
“I’m looking forward to making my pro debut and putting on a great show for the fans,” said the fighter from Toensberg. “I believe my style is well suited to the professional game, and I could jump in and fight any of the top 50 pro boxers in the world.
“I would describe myself as skinny but strong. I’m a tall rangy boxer who fights on the outside, but I can also surprise my opponents with my power and in fighting.
“My opponent is a strong kid who will be coming to fight, but I’m going to give him a boxing lesson. I’m very confident, not only about securing my first win but also about giving the audience a great fight. He better be ready, because I am!”
Confident in his own ability, Srour has big ambitions for his professional career, and believes he will soon be regarded as the number one fighter in Norway.
“I would already rank myself as number one,” he reveals. “I was pound-for-pound number one in the amateurs and it will not take long before I’m number one in the pro ranks too. No other Norwegian boxer has achieved what I have as an amateur, and now I will go as far as I want to as a professional."
Srour makes his professional debut against Michael Mooney as part of an action-packed Nordic Fight Night event at the SØR Amfi in Arendal featuring hometown hero Kai Robin Havnaa alongside fellow Norwegian professionals Tim-Robin Lihaug, Kevin Melhus, Simen Nysaether, Aron Jahnsen and undefeated German heavyweight Albon Pervizaj.
Tickets are available online via www.ticketmaster.no or by calling (+47) 22 82 81 97.
Kazakhstan-born junior welterweight contender Bakhtiyar Eyubov is back with a vengeance and ready to bring his flashy and fan-friendly style to New York boxing fans.
One of the world's most exciting fighters at 140 and 147 pounds, the entertaining Eyubov will return to action this Friday, January 12, on the untelevised undercard of two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa "T-Rex" Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) defense of her WBC and IBF titles against undefeated mandatory challenger Tori Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KOs) at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
Eyubov (13-0, 11 KOs) will face Lynchburg, Virginia's Maurice Chalmers (14-13-1, 8 KOs) in a six-round junior welterweight showdown.
"Training for January 12 has been excellent," said Eyubov. "I feel in great condition. My opponent has some solid wins against undefeated fighters and brings lots of experience into the ring, but I will be ready for everything."
The 31-year-old slugger says with all his injury woes behind him, he is looking forward to a big 2018.
"My goal is to make a big jump in my career this year. I want to be set on my path to the title. My style is to please the fans and I want to show them exciting knockouts against the best contenders. I would like to stay active and fight four or five times. Give me the so called "killers" in the division. Line them up!"
Presented by Salita Promotions, Shields vs. Nelson will serve as the headliner of a televised tripleheader on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT).
Also featured on the January 12 telecast, Uzbekistan power-puncher Shohjahon Ergashev (11-0, 11 KOs) will face fellow undefeated and top-10 ranked Sonny Fredrickson (18-0, 12 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio. In the co-feature, Jesse Hernandez (10-1, 7 KOs) will take on Ernesto Garza (9-2, 5 KOs; 1-3 WSB) in a 10-round super bantamweight bout.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Salita Promotions, are currently on sale for $75 for the first two rows of ringside, $65 for remaining ringside seats and all others priced at $49 and $37, plus any applicable fees. Tickets can be purchased in person or by calling the Turning Stone Resort Box Office at 800.771.7711 or online at Ticketmaster.
Victory Sports & Entertainment's highly-touted Junior Welterweight fighter Sonny "Pretty Boy" Fredrickson (18-0,12 KOs) is slated to make his SHOWTIME debut on Friday, January 12 when he faces off against Shohjahon Ergashev in the telecast opener of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Jan. 12 live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.
Fredrickson will square off against the Uzbekistani Ergashev (11-0, 11 KOs) in a telecast headlined by two-time Olympian Gold Medalist Claressa Shields (4-0, 2 KO's) as she defends her WBC and IBF Middleweight World Titles against Tori Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KO's).
Fredrickson, the WBA's No. 8 ranked fighter at 140 pounds, will take on power-puncher Ergashev in the former's first fight since claiming the WBA Fedebol Super Lightweight title on Nov. 1, 2017 in Medellin, Colombia. The highly anticipated fight is part of a tripleheader event promoted by Salita Promotions. And while Ergashev is with Salita Promotions, there is no doubt who the "A-Side" of this fight is as the fast rising Fredrickson looks to solidify his position as one of the top contenders at Junior Welterweight and make himself a television regular.
"I am excited to make my ShoBox debut, and look forward to putting on a good show for the fans at Turning Stone and everyone watching on TV, especially all my family and fans back in Toledo, Ohio" Fredrickson said. "I know Ergashev is tough and he will be coming to fight, but I've trained very hard. I had a great camp and I am looking to make a statement. I'm very appreciative of SHOWTIME for this platform." I had a number of television opportunities fall through because fighters pulled out so I'm happy my time has finally come. Hopefully, Ergashev doesn't get hurt before Friday, but once the fight starts I can't promise anything."
Rick Torres, President of Victory Sports, feels that this fight will give Fredrickson exposure to a wider audience that may not be familiar with him.
"We feel Sonny is one of the best kept secrets in all of boxing and we're excited that the rest of the world will get to see what we already know - that Sonny Fredrickson is the future of the 140-pound division," Torres said. "Sonny has not gotten the TV exposure of other fighters, but we know that, given the chance, he will not disappoint. We are very grateful to SHOWTIME and Gordon Hall for making this happen and for the support of Sonny's promoter Roc Nation Sports."
Mike Leanardi, COO of Victory Sports, sees an opportunity for Fredrickson to follow in the footsteps of another Victory Sports fighter that started on ShoBox.
"ShoBox is the premier platform today for showcasing and developing young fighters,"Leanardi said. "We've seen the impact ShoBox can have firsthand with [former Super Middleweight and Former Light Heavyweight World Champion] Badou Jack. We're confident that Sonny can achieve great success as well."