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Saudi boxer Ziyad Al-Maayouf wins first professional boxing match

Ziyad ‘Zizo’ al-Maayouf has made history as the first person from Saudi Arabia to win a professional boxing match, after knocking out Alfredo Alatorre in the first round on Saturday.

The 22-year-old drew a huge reaction from the crowd at King Abdullah Sports City when he defeated Alatorre, who was also making his professional debut.

Training under Buddy McGirt in Los Angeles, al-Maayouf also undertook an eight-week training camp in Liverpool, UK, with Callum Smith, who also appears on the Rage on the Red Sea fight card facing Mathieu Bauderlique at light heavyweight.

He described it as the toughest camp that he has ever been through, partly due to being in unfamiliar surroundings in the UK, and partly because of the hard sparring that took place there.


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