On April 19, 2019, Abdoul “The Conqueror” Abdouraguimov, 23, of France challenged Brave Combat Federation Welterweight World Champion Jarrah “The Jordanian Lion” Al-Selawe, 26, of Jordan at “Brave 23” at the Martyr Rashid Al-Ziyoud Hall Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan. The French-Russian challenger won via split decision.
Abdouraguimov and Al-Selawe will have their rematch at “Brave 27” on October 4, 2019 at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi. It will be the third Brave CF event to take place in the UAE.
“Of course, there are people who think he won but I’m going to try and silence them,” Abdouraguimov said of Al-Selawe’s supporters. “I will look for the finish to prove that I’m the better fighter”.
Abdouraguimov is trying to stay clear of the pressure that comes with defending his belt. He is the youngest world champion in Brave CF history and is known for being calm even in the hardest moments.
The reigning Brave CF Welterweight World Champion will look to maintain that trait for the rematch, guaranteeing the world title has not put extra pressure into his preparations. He said, “I feel like a normal guy, a normal person.”
“I don’t feel special in any way now that I’m the champion,” Abdouraguimov continued. “I’m just a person who likes to fight and that’s it. I don’t feel any pressure coming into this fight. Not at all.”
“I felt like I won the first fight if you really look at it,” Abdouraguimov added. “In the first round, I took him down and almost submitted him and the second and third rounds were the same. In the fourth, he lost a point. In the last round, I got tired, so you could say I gave him that round.”
What Abdouraguimov’s supporters can expect from him at “Brave 27” is that he will seek an emphatic ending to his rematch with Al-Selawe. Here is their face-off prior to their rematch: