Amir Khan beats Billy Dib in Jeddah on ‘fight night of the year’

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Amir Khan said to the audience after the game: ‘It is amazing to be in Jeddah.’ (Photo/Social media)
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World Champion Amir Khan defeated Australian Billy Dib during the first boxing league of its kind in Saudi Arabia, organized by the World Boxing Council, on Friday night. (AN Photo/Nada Hameed)
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World Champion Amir Khan defeated Australian Billy Dib during the first boxing league of its kind in Saudi Arabia, organized by the World Boxing Council, on Friday night. (AN Photo/Nada Hameed)
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World Champion Amir Khan defeated Australian Billy Dib during the first boxing league of its kind in Saudi Arabia, organized by the World Boxing Council, on Friday night. (AN Photo/Nada Hameed)
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World Champion Amir Khan defeated Australian Billy Dib during the first boxing league of its kind in Saudi Arabia, organized by the World Boxing Council, on Friday night. (AN Photo/Nada Hameed)
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Saudi boxer Zuhayr Al-Qahtani during the event. (AN Photo/Nada Hameed)
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Saudi boxer Zuhayr Al-Qahtani during the event. (AN Photo/Nada Hameed)
Updated 16 July 2019

Amir Khan beats Billy Dib in Jeddah on ‘fight night of the year’

  • Amir Khan said it was amazing to be in Saudi Arabia to the audience after the bout
  • Tayga and Rick Ross entertained the crowds

JEDDAH: World Champion Amir Khan defeated Australian Billy Dib during the first boxing league of its kind in Saudi Arabia, organized by the World Boxing Council, on Friday night.

Amir Khan’s fourth round was the final one of the night, one that included local and international team fighters. The undercard included six bouts featuring British middleweight talent Michael Hennessy Jr. vs Abdul Julaidan Fatah; the super-bantamweight contest between Amandeep Singh and Shakhobidin Zoirov; the lightweight contest between Saudi Arabia's own Zuhayr Al-Qahtani and Farhad Hazratzada; the super-featherweight contest between Lolito Sonsona and Isack Junior; the welterweight contest between Rodrigo Caraballo and Sajid Abid and the heavyweight contest between Ali Kiydin and Hemi Ahio.

The first round for Amir Khan and Billy Dib started with fast punches to the face from Dib on Khan, but Khan took action to avoid Dib and punched him on the cheek.

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Amir Khan, fighting in the Kingdom for the first time in his career, earned £7 million ($8.8 million) for the fight in Jeddah.

By the third round, the match started getting tougher and Khan took the lead, hard-hitting until he made the knockout over his opponent, who threw in the towel in the fourth round.

Amir Khan said to the audience after the bout: “It is amazing to be in Jeddah, Jeddah thank you!’’

He added: “Lucky Jeddah season and Inshallah I will be back again, I love Saudi Arabia.’’

Crowds at the “fight night of the year” enjoyed the rap break performed by the American rapper Tayga. 

Tayga interacted with the audience by encouraging them to sing with him: “I love you Saudi! Make some noise,’’ he said.

The American rapper Rick Ross also performed for 20 minutes.

 

The audience included Saudi social media influencers such as TV presenter Badr Al-Zidane, and Hollywood and Bollywood stars.

Boxing fan Iqbal, from the UK and a big fan of Khan, told Arab News: “I was here for last year’s event, the middleweight championship, and I had an amazing experience but today is a bigger event. Lots of sport superstars are around and the event is being organized in a more entertaining way and that is definitely great.’’

Sara Ahmad, 26, a Saudi fan of Khan said: “We all can see the time and effort that the Saudi government is spending to bring an amazing sport event here. Amir Khan’s performance was exactly what I expected, because it could have been possibly his last fight if he got beaten so now he has put some believe back on.’’

The event is part of the “boxing week” lined up for Jeddah Season activities.

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The titles of the night’s fighters were:
1. Amir Khan vs Billy Dib — Amir Khan won
2. Hughie Fury vs Samuel Peter — Hughie Fury won
3. Prince Patel vs Michell Banquiz — IBO World Title Fight — Michell Banquiz won
4. Jeddah Sharks vs Jeddah Tigers — Jeddah Sharks won 

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Khan is a former unified light-welterweight world champion, having held the WBA title from 2009 to 2012, and the IBF title in 2011.


DiplomaticQuarter: EU envoy wants increased cooperation with Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition

Updated 29 October 2020

DiplomaticQuarter: EU envoy wants increased cooperation with Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition

  • The IMCTC is an alliance of 41 countries that forms a pan-Islamic unified front in the global fight against terrorism

RIYADH: Patrick Simonnet, head of the EU delegation to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman, recently visited the headquarters of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) in Riyadh.

IMCTC Secretary-General Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Moghedi received the EU diplomat and the accompanying delegation. Al-Moghedi briefed the visiting dignitaries about the coalition’s goals, achievements and the initiatives it has taken to fight terrorism in different forms.

He said the coalition represents an integrated system of intellectual and media initiatives and also aims to fight terror financing to effectively root out this menace. The IMCTC chief said the coalition aims to enhance cooperation and coordination among member states.

Simonnet said the EU looks forward to enhance cooperation with the Islamic military alliance in different fields.

Al-Moghedi also presented the EU ambassador with a memento.

The IMCTC is an alliance of 41 countries that forms a pan-Islamic unified front in the global fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

In coordination with the relevant authorities in the member countries, it promotes best practices, advances legal, regulatory, and operational frameworks, and facilitates information sharing to curb terror financing.

It also aims to assist member countries to enhance their military capabilities to fight terrorism.

The intellectual aspect specializes in preserving the universal message of Islam, promoting the values of moderation, tolerance and the preparation of targeted messages to counter radical ideology.

The media side is based on producing digital, media and other informative content to refute the rhetoric and claims of terrorist organizations and extremists.