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Destructive Date destroys in Dubai- Deise fighter registers first round stoppage


Rohan Date was in lethal form once again on Friday night.

The Waterford welterweight enhanced his reputation as a serious knockout puncher with an eight career stoppage win.

The 26-year-old needed less than a round to defeat Pardeep Kharera on the  #RotundaRumble fight card out in Dubai.

Kharera was once a WBC Asian ranking title holder, but in truth was never meant to cause the big punching prospect trouble.

The a 23-year-old Indian came into the clash on the back two knockout defeats and hasn’t matched up when he moved up levels. 

Still the Irish title hopeful held up his end of the bargain and registered his tenth win of his career in style.

The victory, Date’s third stoppage in a row, was his fourth in Dubai and his links to the region could open up regional title options for the Munster man.

The Deise man, who is currently based in London, has expressed Irish title interest and has recently muted a possible Irish title fight with Cork’s Noely Murphy in America.

However, with more shows set to play out in Dubai he may be able to use that to his advantage and secure a world ranking via the area’s ranking titles.

Date was hoping to return to his home city were he stopped Cork’s South African Jade Karam in February of last year – also in a round- this year, but has been left disappointed by the fact Neill Power of Ring Kings had to cancel show plans due to cost and venue issues.

Muhammad Waseem and Andrew Selby  were also notable winners on the card and like Date secured first round victories.

Pakistan’s former world title challenger Waseem destroyed Conrado Tanamor with three lethal left hands – the finisher to the body – after Selby had outclassed Worawatchai Boonjan.

The win see’s Date push his slate to 10 wins one draw, eight of those wins coming by way of knockout, while his opponent slips to 5-4-1.


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