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EoACAyBomber', 53, to fight in Dubai.

Dubai: Herol EoACAyBomber' Graham, generally acknowledged as one of the best British boxers of the post-war era never to have won a world title and now aged 53, will be boxing in Dubai at the White Collar fight night on Friday, November 9.

The former British, Commonwealth and European light-middleweight and British and European middleweight champion will be pitted against Val Riazanov, founder of the Ballistic Striking System, in an exhibition bout, during the upcoming White Collar boxing event at the Andalous Ballroom at the Habtoor Grand Hotel, in Dubai. Of his forthcoming bout, Graham said: "I don't know much about my opponent but he's boxed a bit and seems like a genuine guy. I rarely fight these days, I'm in my 50s now, but this was a great opportunity to meet my fans in Dubai and thank them for their support over all of these years."

After winning the ABA light-middleweight title Herol turned professional in 1978 fighting out of Brendan Ingle's gym in the Wincobank area of Sheffield.

He went 38 fights undefeated, winning the British, Commonwealth and European light-middleweight titles and the British and European middleweight titles. He fought for world titles three times at middleweight and super-middleweight.

Val Riazanov, a security consultant here in the UAE and founder of the Ballistic Striking System, is a former member of the Russian Special Forces, a black belt sixth dan at judo, a former Soviet Olympic team member and in his youth was the Soviet Sambo champion. His boxing prowess includes holding the UK super heavyweight Unlicensed Championship. Val moved to Dubai some five years ago and still keeps himself in great shape. He is currently sparring with renowned professional trainer and boxing coach Zack Taumafai and the team at KO Gym in Dubai to prepare for the bout with Herol.

White Collar fight night combines a black-tie dinner with an exciting programme of interactive entertainment, culminating in up to eight bouts under the supervision of a professional referee.

"This year we have a few surprises," said Mark Povey, who was speaking on behalf of organisers, Transguard Events.

"Besides Herol's and Val's exhibition match we are planning to have a women's tag-team bout and quite a few special guests from the world of sport," he added.

Transguard is already taking 12 men and four women contenders through their paces at the same KO Gym where Val Riazanov is training, again under the watchful eye of Zack. During the eight-week training programme, administered by a team of sports professionals, each competitor receives professional training and coaching, with competitor safety and welfare a priority. Contestants are equally matched during the selection process to ensure a fair fight on the night.

The EoACAyBomber' had one last piece of simple advice for all of the White Collar contestants, "Believe in yourself, without that belief you won't get far!"

White Collar Boxing originated in Gleasons Gym, New York, in 1988. The first contest was held between Dr Richard Novak, an attorney and veterinarian, and Dr David Lawrence who held a PhD in English literature. After the contest the two went to dinner to celebrate the birth of a new sport.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities and corporate tables at White Collar, contact Ivy Newton on or call 056 683 6125.

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Date:Oct 17, 2012
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