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Former Interim Cruiserweight World Champion Youri Kalenga added to “Battle of Casablanca” card

World amateur champion Mohammad Rabii
To make pro debut at home in main event 
Feb. 18 in Casablanca, Morocco
CASABLANCA, Morocco (February 2, 2017) – Former Interim cruiserweight world champion Youri “El Toro” Kalenga will provide chief support February 18 for pro-debuting Moroccan amateur boxing sensation Mohammad Rabii on the “Battle of Casablanca” card, presented by Nowhere2Hyde, at Complexe de Sportif Mohammed V Arena in Casablanca, Morocco.
Kalenga (22-3, 15 KOs), fighting out of France by way of The Congo, is currently rated No. 12 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 16 by the World Boxing Council (WBC).  The knockout artist takes on Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (17-11-1, 9 KOs), of Philadelphia, who is a former United States Boxing Association (USBA) and North American Boxing Federation (NABF) champion.
In 2014, Kalenga captured the WBA Interim title with a 12-round split decision over 32-1 Mateusz Masternak in Monaco, followed with a successful title defense in Canada against 12-0 Denton Daley by way of a 12th round technical knockout.
Kalenga has never been in a dull fight.  Two of his three career losses have been to current WBA Super cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (26-2), who Kalenga dropped in the fourth round, by way of a 12-round unanimous decision in Russia, and last June he was stopped for the first time in his seven-year pro career by 20-0 Yunier Dorticos in Paris for the Interim WBA strap.
The 23-year-old Rabii defeated 2016 Olympic gold medalist Daniyar Yeleussinov in the welterweight division championship finale of the 2015 AIBA World Amateur Championships to capture a gold for his native Morocco.  Rabii won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, dropping a highly-disputed decision (0-3) in the semifinals to Uzebek boxer Shakhram Giyasov, the eventual silver medalist.
The ultra-charismatic Rabii has reached “rock star” status in Morocco, testament by an average of 6-million Moroccans viewing each of Rabbi’s Olympic matches on Arryadia Television.  “We are very excited to work with our television partners, Arryadia, on our February 18th show as the first of five shows in 2017 featuring Mohammed Rabii,” promoter Gary Hyde said.  “Rabii has the entire nation of Morocco behind him and he will be challenging for top welterweight honors in no time at all.”
Rabii will take on veteran Hungarian boxer Adam “Bad Boy” Mate (24-10, 17 KOs) in the six-round main event.
Also in action on “Battle of Casablanca” will be former World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Organization (IBO) world featherweight champion, Simpiwe Vetyeka (29-3, 17 KOs), who is world ranked No. 4 by the WBA, No. 6 by The Ring magazine, and No. 7 by the WBC.  The gifted South African faces undefeated Hungarian prospect David Nerna (8-0, 8 KOs) in a 10-round bout.
Netherlands light middleweight Gevorg Khatchikian (24-2, 12 KOs) will also be in action against Ugandan Med “Kabona” Sebyala (16-8-1. 13 KOs) in another 10-rounder.  Khatchikian, who will be fighting as a 154-pounder for the first time as a professional, has only lost twice as a pro, both to present super middleweight world champions, James Degale (IBF) and Gilberto Ramirez (WBO).
Hyde manages Rabii, Kalanga and Vetyeka.
Tickets are now on sale for the Feb. 18 show in Casablanca.
Twitter:  @nowhere2hyde,

It will be a night of Firsts for Mykal Fox this Friday night in Fort Washington, Maryland

Fox to be featured in first main event in King’s Promotions debut

Fort Washington, MD (December 2, 2015) – Undefeated Forestville, Maryland super lightweight Mykal “The Professor” Fox (7-0, two KOs) will face his toughest challenge to date when he faces Adam “Bad Boy” Maté (18-6, 11 KOs) of Sopron, Hungary this Friday December 4 at the historic Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, Maryland. The six-round bout will headline a stacked 8-fight lineup that will not have a single boxer with a losing record on the card.


The card is promoted by Kings Promotions and tickets are currently on sale ($40/$60/$75) at www.beltwayboxing.com or by calling 301-899-2430. Tickets purchased at the box office on fight night are subject to a $5 surcharge.

Fox has been in camp training under his father Troy, and he is ready to impress this Friday night.
“Training has been great.  We have been working on technique and our craft and I am ready to go on Friday night,” said Fox.
In Mate, he is facing a fighter who is battle tested and fought all over the world, while Fox has just seven professional fights to show on his ledger.
“He has 24 fights.  This is definitely the biggest fight of my career so far,  I am super excited and fighting a guy with his experience will show where I am at in my career.  It will show where I belong.  My defense will keep me out of trouble and my offense will get me the win.”
At just 20 years-old and 28 rounds under his belt, this will be the first main event for Fox, but he is poised and ready to entertain the hometown fans.
“This is my first main event,  It is exciting.  When I told my friends and fans that I was the headliner, they were excited to get tickets.  I think the people like how I fight and I think they like me as a person.”
Another first will be Fox’s first fight since signing a promotional contract with King’s Promotions.
“It truly is a blessing being with King’s Promotions.  With being the main event and my first with my promoter, it brings an excitement for me to perform and look like a main event fighter.  Being that King’s puts on a lot of shows and they promote in my home area where I have had my fights, It is a great opportunity to grow with them.  This fight I am doing it at home, but I want to take my show on the road and not only become a bigger name locally but nationally and internationally.”
“I am grateful for this opportunity and my father said that you can’t hide talent forever and on Friday night, this fight will show what I am capable of,”
Scheduled to appear in 6-rounds bouts:

Featherweight Thomas Snow (17-2, 11 KO’s) of Capitol Heights, Maryland will see action against Tibor Nadori (6-2-1, 3 KO’s) of Nagykanizsa, Hungary.

Charles Natal (6-0-2, 2 KO’s) of Cleveland, Ohio will take on Grayson Blake (6-4, 2 KO’s) of State College, PA. in a Welterweight bout.

Junior Castillo (7-0, 7 KO’s) of Santo Domingo, DR will fight in a Jr. Middleweight bout against Roland Nagy (6-1, 4 KO’s) of Budapest, Hungary

In 4-round bouts:

Chris Warden (1-0, 1 KO) of Lusby, MD will fight in a Jr. Welterweight bout against Bernardo Rodriguez (Pro debut) of Miami, FL

Shynggyskhan Tazhibay (2-0, 2 KO’s) of Karaganda, KAZ will take James Robinson (3-3-2, 1 KO) of York, PA. in a Welterweight bout.

Sam Crossed of Greenbelt, MD of Greenbelt. MD will make his pro debut in a Cruiserweight bout against fellow pro debuter Hampton Miller of Norwalk, CT.

Santario Martin (1-1) of Gainesville, FL will take on Nicholas Hernandez (2-1) of Reading, PA in a Middleweight bout.

Tickets, priced at $40/$60/$75, tickets are onsale online at www.beltwayboxing.comor by phone at 301-899-243