Crowd pleasing super-featherweight Alex Dilmaghani has signed a promotional deal with Probellum in a bid to revive his world title dream.

The 29-year-old was involved in back-to-back Fight of the Year contenders and is ready to use Probellum’s global backing to showcase his all-action style to the biggest audience possible.

Dilmaghani drew a thrilling IBO world title fight with Francisco Fonseca in 2019 before being stopped in the final round of a humdinger for the European title the following year against Samir Ziani.

Now the Surrey-born southpaw is itching to return to action and is eyeing three bouts under the Probellum banner in 2022 to help push him back towards world title contention.

“I am very pleased to sign with Probellum, they are a massive player already and are only going to get bigger,” said Alex Dilmaghani, who holds a 19-2-1, 8K0.

“With the amount of shows and co-promoters that they have worldwide, I am thrilled to be able to showcase my style to the widest possible audience.

“Together I am confident that we can achieve my goal of becoming world champion.”

Surrey-born Dilmaghani has been a boxing globe trotter having lived and fought in Canada and Mexico for spells during his career, but the 5’8” puncher is currently training in Manchester under the watchful eye of former lightweight champion Anthony Crolla.

“Alex is another great addition to the Probellum stable,” said Richard Schaefer, President of Probellum.

“We have seen in his two most recent fights that he has a fan-friendly style and we are determined to get him the big fights in front of the biggest audience possible, so he can do what he does best and put on a real show.” 

“I’m really pleased to get a deal over the line for Alex, he is an exceptional talent who we really believe can go on and win major titles with Probellum backing him,” added manager Lee Eaton.

“Activity is key for Alex and that’s what he is going to get partnering with Probellum. These are exciting times for him and we look forward to seeing his career continue to succeed.”

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Alex Dilmaghani will finally challenge the reigning European Super-Featherweight Champion Samir Ziani on Saturday 5th September, exclusively live on free-to-air Channel 5 in the UK.

Presented by Mick Hennessy for Hennessy Sports in association with LadbrokesInfinitum, Numan and Everlast, the five-fight card to be staged behind-closed-doors at a purpose built TV production facility in Wakefield, also features the Southern Area Super-Flyweight Championship between Sammy Cantwell and Ricky Little; cruiserweight talent Isaac Chamberlain and fast-rising middleweight prospect Michael Hennessy Jr; plus a further name to be confirmed.

All-action Dilmaghani (19-1-1, 8 KO’s) was due to face Ziani (31-3-1, 6 KO’s) for the European title on April 25th, but the show was subsequently postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Hennessy has worked hard to ensure that his charge still had his title challenge upon the recommencement of boxing.

Dilmaghani, 28, is raring to return to the ring and finally lay his claim on the prized European title.  

It will be almost a year since his last fight in November at the York Hall where he fought a thrilling battle against the Two-Time World title challenger Francisco Fonseca for the IBO World title that ended in a draw, but was one of the fight’s of the year.

The Crayford southpaw displayed his never-say-die warrior’s heart by fighting with a bad cut above his left eye from the ninth round, he pressed the fight and although it was very close at the end, many ringside observers felt that Dilmaghani had done enough to be given the decision.

He will need all that and more when he comes up against the solid and experienced Ziani from from Blagnac, France, Ziani, 29, makes the second defence of his European title against Dilmaghani and it will be the first time he has fought in the UK despite having previously fought in Spain, Denmark, Morocco, Ukraine and Italy in his 35-fight career that has seen him capture the French and WBC & WBA International titles. 

He won the vacant European title by forcing Spaniard Juli Gigner to retire in the sixth round in his Barcelona backyard last year and putting his title on the line against ‘Dilma’ holds no fear for him.Ziani was last out in October when he made the first defence of the title over the Belgian challenger Faroukh Kourbanov with an unanimous points win.  

He has never been stopped in the three points losses on his record and one of those was to the big-hitting former IBF World Lightweight Champion Richard Commey in a very tight fight that some had Ziani winning. 

Dilmaghani said, “It’s been a long and frustrating time to wait, but I’m so happy that Mick has worked hard behind the scenes to make sure the title fight stayed on and now I get my chance at the European title and it’s live on free-to-air Channel 5.  Full respect to Ziani he’s coming over here to defend his title, but I will be relieving him of the belt. I can’t wait for it, it’s going to be great fight and real thriller for the viewers’ on Channel 5.”

Ziani said, “I’ve had plenty of extra time to prepare for Dilmaghani since the fight was postponed and I’m ready to fight him right now.  I’ve boxed everywhere and in other fighters’ countries so fighting him in England does not worry me one bit. He is in for the fight of his life so I hope he has studied and prepared himself in the meantime because he won’t know what’s hit him.”

Hennessy added, “It’s a relief to finally announce the fight is back on between Samir and Alex and the European title will still be on the line.  Like everyone, I was really looking forward to seeing this one in April, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown, it made it impossible to stage until restrictions had been eased.  I’d like to thank Gary Hyde, The BBBofC, The EBU and Channel 5 for their input and foresight in keeping this fight together and with the aim of getting it on as soon as possible.  I’m delighted that we’ve managed to deliver that and I’m sure their styles will make for a truly great fight on September 5th.”

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