It didn’t take lengthy for Moe Zawadi to announce his presence within the skilled ranks.
The four-time Canadian nationwide beginner champion made his professional debut on Saturday evening in Vancouver, B.C., scoring a first-round TKO victory over Olivier Tshitumba.
Zawadi, who’s signed to Lee Baxter Promotions, took the chance to combat on one of many few playing cards to happen in Canada in 2021, this one introduced by Three Lions Promotions together with Baxter. In accordance with provincial laws, there have been no followers in attendance, as has been commonplace in boxing over the past yr.
“It felt wonderful, though there have been no followers within the place, it felt wonderful understanding that so many individuals had been again residence watching on TV, so the electrical energy was nonetheless there,” stated Zawadi. “I had my promoter and my coach there, so I knew what I needed to do. It was a once-in-a-lifetime alternative, and I’ll all the time keep in mind my professional debut.”
The 19-year previous, who received 13 of the 14 beginner boxing tournaments he entered, now enters a middleweight division lengthy thought to be one of many glamour divisions within the sport. However Zawadi doesn’t essentially see reaching the highest of the division as a very long-term proposition. Emboldened by the latest development of beginner standouts fast-tracking in the direction of competition, Zawadi hopes he can observe in these footsteps and discover himself in significant televised bouts sooner fairly than later.
“I simply suppose I despatched a message to everybody within the middleweight division that there’s a 19-year previous coming to take everybody’s head off,” stated Zawadi. “We are able to’t take fights to simply have a padded document. We go in there, we do our factor and we come out victorious. I need these huge fights, I need folks to suppose I’m going to lose, I need to be the underdog and show everyone mistaken.”
Based on Baxter, the plan is to maintain Zawadi as busy as potential contemplating the restrictions in play throughout most of Canada. Baxter has been capable of safe excessive profile fights for different members of his steady, equivalent to Samuel Vargas, abroad, and that may very well be an possibility for Zawadi as nicely.
“We now have a star on our fingers, and we don’t need to let him fade for even a second,” stated Baxter. “Moe is the sort of expertise that in fact you need to nurture, however on the similar time, you don’t need to hesitate once you’re making an attempt to match him. He’s a particular fighter, and I’m assured that he’s prepared for any problem I may put in entrance of him at this level in his profession.”
Zawadi, who resides in Barrie, ON, is massively standard in his hometown and would regularly promote out beginner occasions he headlined at residence. Specifically, he has the backing of IUOE Native 793. A proud union household, his father Mark, brothers Sheher, Abdul and Mohamed, and nephew Alexander, are all among the many 16,000+ members of the union, which sponsored a lot of his beginner outings as nicely.