Moroccan amateur star, Mohammed Rabii, is set to make his professional debut at the Complexe de Sportif Mohammed V Arena, in Casablanca, Morocco on the 18th February.
Rabii, captured a bronze medal in the welterweight division for Morocco at the Olympic games this summer, where he lost a controversial decision in the semifinal to Shakhram Giyasov, of Uzbekistan. Giyasov went on to lose in the final to Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazakhstan, who Rabii had previously defeated to claim gold at the AIBA World Amateur Championships.
Rabii has a large following in Morocco, where an average of 6 million people watched each of his Olympic contests.
The Moroccan sensation, voted World Series of Boxing Fighter of the Year, has signed an exclusive deal with Nowhere2Hyde Management, managed by Gary Hyde, of Cork, Ireland.
“We are delighted to have signed one of the best amateur boxers in the world,” said Hyde. “Mohammed has a great style with knockout power in both hands. He will kick-start his pro career in front of his adoring fans in Casablanca February 18th. He is a national hero, so, the plan is to take full advantage by building him up at home in Morocco.”
Rabii’s professional debut will also feature two other fighters from the Nowhere2Hyde stable.
The main event will feature featherweight, Simpiwe Vetyeka (29-3, 17 KOs), currently ranked #4 by the WBA. Whilst middleweight, Gevorg Khatchikian (24-2, 12 KOs), will take part in the co-feature.