It has been 22 years since the first professional boxing event took place in the UAE. It was at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre (now the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium) that ex-super middleweight champion Chris Eubank knocked out unheralded Colombian Camilo Alarcon in the fourth round – claiming the final victory of his boxing career.
But while Eubank has remained a frequent visitor to the UAE since, professional boxing has not.
Despite a lack of pro events, Dubai and Abu Dhabi have been mentioned frequently as destinations for high-profile fights, with the likes of Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao notably angling to box in the emirates. Time after time, however, boxing fans have been left disappointed.