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Date plans to catch the eye on his return to Dubai


Big punching welterweight Rohan Date [9(7)-0-1] is planning an ‘eye catching’ performance on his return to the Middle East.

The Waterford puncher has secured a slot on the huge #RotundaRumble bill at the luxurious Caesars Palace and will fight in Dubai for the fifth time in his career on September 13.

The Deise fighter will clash with former WBC Asian champion Pardeep Kharera on the #MTKFightNight co-promoted by Ahmed A. Seddiqi’s Round 10 Boxing Club – and the 26 year old is determined to steal the show.

“I have great friends here in Dubai and the community always comes out to support me in my fights. Between Waterford in Ireland and Dubai, I have a big fanbase and it’s still growing all the time.

“A lot of people have heard about the fact I can bang and I’m aiming to produce something eye-catching at this event. I want to really make a statement.

“I’ve been mixing it with the top UK welterweights already. I know I’m still developing but I’m already confident I can compete with the top boys of the division.”

Date has spoken of his desire to fight for the Irish title and has mentioned a possible American hosted title fight with Noel Murphy in the future.

The option of securing ranking titles in the Asian region has also been raised and it’s certainly something the London based fighter is open to.

“With these shows continuing in Dubai, hopefully I can look at fighting for some titles here. My opponent is a former WBC Asian champion so potentially I’ll be looking at similar titles after next week.”

Date joins a starry cast at one of Dubai’s prime locations with world-class Andrew Selby, recent world title challenger Muhammad Waseem, and world-ranked pair Neslan Machado and Alexander Mejia battling for the WBA International super-bantamweight title.

A lengthy bill also includes the likes of Kazakh middleweight Abay Tolesh, Dubai’s boxing darling Majid Al-Naqbi, Aremenian heroine Anahit Aroyan, Afghanistan’s teen sensation Hasibullah Ahmadi, Germany’s highly-rated Abass Baraou and more.


Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com