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Top boxers ready to fight for Rotunda Rumble 2 honours

Rituraj Borkakoty/Dubai
Filed on November 21, 2019
India's Vijender Singh and Ghana's Charles Adamu at the weighing in ahead of the Rotunda Rumble 2 fight night in Dubai (Photo by Neeraj Murali)

The 26-year-old Catterall (24-0, 13 KOs), who has a phenomenal 24-0 record, is backing himself for a good fight against Schwarzkopf

British super-lightweight Jack Catterall will lock horns with Germany's Timo Schwarzkopf at the Rotunda Rumble 2 on Friday as Dubai's premier boxing event will see several top boxers in the ring, including India's 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh.

The 26-year-old Catterall (24-0, 13 KOs), who has a phenomenal 24-0 record, is backing himself for a good fight against Schwarzkopf.

"I've been in the gym working and practising hard so I expect to have a good fight," Catterall said.

"Every fight is intense. There's a lot at stake in this fight. After this fight, I want to go on and win world titles. And he (Schwarzkopf) is trying to stop that.

"I always back myself no matter what. You can write me off how many times, but I will always back myself."

Meanwhile, Indian superstar Vijender Singh will be making his Dubai debut on Friday, hoping to extend his unbeaten run to 13 matches when he takes on Charles Adamu of Ghana.

"I am very excited because this is my first fight in Dubai. I have been here so many times. I know there's a very large Indian community here, so I am looking forward to having a very good fight on Friday," Vijender told Khaleej Times.

Pakistan's Muhammad Waseem (9-1, 7 KOs), on the other hand, faces a tricky fight against former world champion Ganigan Lopez.

"It's going to be a very, very good fight. Lopez is a two-time world champion. Hopefully, we will be able to treat everyone to a great fight. My training was very good. I'm excited to be back here," Waseem said.

Thomas Patrick Ward, Martin Casillas, Rohan Date, Abilkhaiyr Shegaliyev, Jayr Raquinel, Hasibullah Ahmadi will also be in action.

And the UAE will be represented by Sultan Al Nuaimi and Fahad Al Bloushi.

Al Nuaimi, who will take on Indonesia's Charles Latuperissa, was brimming with confidence ahead of his debut bout.

"I am mentally really, physically ready. I am on weight. I don't feel anything wrong. I am ready for it. I am so excited," Al Nuaimi told Khaleej Times on Thursday. The UAE boxer says he hasn't really spent a lot of time watching Latuperissa's videos.

"I haven't studied him that much to be honest. I am looking for an early stoppage. If not, then I will look to dominate the whole fight," he said.

"Of course, Charles has never lost a fight. But I am confident. And it's a very good experience for me to fight an undefeated fighter on my professional debut."


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