Popular Saudi Boxer and flagship Skill Challenge Promotions fighter Ziyad Almaayouf learned the hard way tonight what it means to match your prospects carefully, especially against South Americans, Mexicans, and in this case, Ecuadorian.
Ziyad Almaayouf came into his fight as a shinning prospect with a record of 1-0 making a lot of noise in the build-up to fight night promising to take over the boxing scene by placing Saudi Arabian fighters on the map, however, his fight on the Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury undercard didn’t exactly go to plan.
Ziyad Almaayouf & Saudi Arabia Learned the Hard Way
In recent years, the fighters and promoters of Great Britain have experienced numerous losses, including Josh Warrington, Anthony Joshua, Billy Joe Saunders, and most recently Leigh Wood, among others. Skill Challenge Promotions and Ziyad Almaayouf have also learned a valuable lesson – if you want to remain undefeated and maintain your hype, it’s best to avoid South Amercian and Mexican fighters, especially voluntarily.
Skill Challenge Promotions was launched only two days ago at the final press conference of the Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury fight event, and Almaayouf was announced as the first fighter signed by the new outfit. However, this evening, Almaayouf faced a more challenging opponent than he had anticipated in the form of Ronnald Martinez, who now has a record of 3-2-1.
Both fighters displayed true grit throughout the scheduled four rounds, but Almaayouf was knocked down for the first time in his professional career during the first round. For the remaining rounds, he was hit with powerful shots that visibly affected him. Although Martinez was not a polished fighter like other South American boxers we have seen, at times, he looked to have a confused style. Almaayouf landed cleaner shots, which helped him secure a points win over Martinez.
Almaayouf has now moved to 2-0 but with his clear hopes and aspirations and Skill Challenge Promotions’ plans for him, we can expect to see Almaayouf matched more carefully in the future.