Adnan Akilles big winner at Destiny in the Desert II

DUBAI - The ‘Destiny in the Desert II’ boxing cum martial arts championships at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Friday saw top rate fare being dished out for the large weekend gathering.

By (KT Report)

  • Follow us on
  • google-news
  • whatsapp
  • telegram

Published: Tue 19 Jun 2012, 12:10 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:56 PM

Iraqi boxer Adnan Akilles was the big winner of the night with a split decision over Iran’s Medhi Ramezani, a media release from the organisers stated.

Akilles, who turned 24 last week, fought a well-measured fight over six rounds to earn a split decision against his much older Iranian challenger before a sizeable crowd of supporters here late on Friday. There was much to fight for between the two after they had boxed here in February and the fight had then been declared a draw.

“The 10 years gap between us proved to be crucial,” Ramezani rued after the Baghdad-born lad was declared the winner in the men’s 70kg weight division for the Super Welterweight Middle East title eliminator by IBA referee Steve Smoger.

The two boxers were evenly matched in the first four rounds of the total six. But as the fight wore on it was the Iraqi boxer, now settled in Sweden, who started dominating his Iranian opponent with quicker movements. “I thought he (Ramezani) was waiting to deliver that one blow that would knock me down,” Akilles said.


Women’s category

Semi-final 1: Kerry Bennett beat Magali Foroni

Semi-final 2: Milena Martinou beat Judith Levi

Final: Kerry Bennett beat Milena Martinou

Men’s 80kg: Michael Udeaja (Nigeria) drew with Taher Darar (Iran)

Men’s Light Heavyweight: Mohammed Reza Kachuee (Iran) beat Scott Rogan (UK)

Women’s 68kg: Mikaela Lauren beat Pimnipa Tanawatpipat by KO
> Men’s 70kg: Adnan Akilles (Sweden) beat Medhi Ramezan (Iran) by split decision

Men’s 68kg: Sarayat Kongosopor (Thailand) beat Atan Canbulo (Philippines)

Thai Boxing

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)


Abbas Tiger (Iran) beat Dominique Ibrahim Nielsen (France)

More news from