This time last year Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather collided in the biggest fight in combat sports history, grossing over $700 million. While some questioned the merit of an MMA star taking on (arguably the best ever) boxer, what can’t be denied is it put bums in seats. As did last weekend’s YouTube boxing event featuring online stars KSI and Logan Paul that generated a reported £150million.
Boxing in Dubai has never been so popular and a new gym is already booking in extra classes to cope with demand. “We opened in February, I picked up boxing personally around three years ago and I met an investor whose son boxes and we talked about opening a gym in Dubai,” says Managing Director of Real Boxing Only Michelle Kuehn. “Boxing changed my life and we want to do that for others. It made me fitter, sharper mentally and more energetic. I really want to introduce boxing to females who haven’t tried it. Boxing brings out a side to people that not everyone knows is within them.”
“We’ve got fitness classes and boot camps on the upper level of the gym, and our four pro boxers train downstairs. It can be intimidating if you’re a novice coming into a gym with professional fighters but we’ve made it a gym where everyone feels comfortable”, Kuehn tells Sport360.
The gym runs boxing fitness classes for those just looking to get in shape and boxing technique classes, which are the most popular, for those taking boxing more seriously. Single classes are priced at AED70 or monthly passes for unlimited classes and gym access cost AED499. AED50 gets you a day pass where you can use the facilities as you please.
“We are very active on social media,” says Kuehn. “We post real, unedited videos which have reached a lot of people. Boxing is growing in the region and we have shows coming up in Dubai. We want to create a boxing culture where youngsters can grow up with the sport and compete on more amateur shows.”
What: Real Boxing Only Gym (RGB LLC)
When: Daily classes
Where: Warehouse 37, 8th Street, behind Times Square Mall
Contact: +971 (0)4 272 7774. Email: [email protected] Instagram: @realboxingonly
The enthralling build-up to Asia’s most prestigious football spectacle will reach new heights when the star-studded, action-packed AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Interactive Roadshow debuts on August 26 at Dubai Mall – the first of many activations across all four host cities: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Sharjah.
Adding to the excitement of the major sporting event to be held in the UAE, special guests will be on hand to meet and greet fans between from 18:00 and 18:30. In addition, the first 50 attendees at the Interactive Roadshow will receive complimentary match tickets for the highly-anticipated tournament.
The six-day event will take place in the Star Atrium in one of the world’s biggest shopping malls, Dubai Mall, which is big enough to fit 189 football pitches. While free to all during the August 26 debut and August 31 closing day, a nominal entry fee of Dh25 will be in place on subsequent days, which will include a match ticket to the 24-nation tournament in January.
The Interactive Roadshow presents passionate fans an opportunity to learn, play, show off their skills and engage with cutting-edge VR technology in three distinct zones of engagement: The Virtual Zone, The Skills Zone and The Victory Zone.
Throughout each of the Interactive Roadshow days, the Virtual Zone will educate fans about Asia’s finest stars and the proud history of the AFC Asian Cup, bringing visitors on a thrilling journey across the UAE host cities using cutting-edge VR headsets.
The Skills Zone will welcome fans of all abilities, enabling them to pit their skills in a series of accelerating challenges in a football simulator.
The Victory Zone features multiple interactive games that allow visitors to ignite their passion through augmented reality by running, cheering or acting as a spokesperson on behalf of their favorite team.
His Excellency Aref Hamad Al Awani, Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee, said: “Through the power of sport, we want to connect communities and these Interactive Roadshows are the perfect way to deliver the excitement and energy of the AFC Asian Cup to people across the UAE.
“There is something for everybody at the roadshow, from fans and active footballers to people curious about the history of the sport. I’m sure the roadshows will be extremely popular as they’re a great way for people to learn and play their part in bringing Asia together for the biggest sporting event ever hosted in the region.”
Supporters attending the Interactive Roadshow can bring their excitement for the tournament online by sharing their experiences through social media, using #AsianCup2019 to join in the conversation.
Tickets are available to purchase online via www.afcasiancup2019.com. Everyone taking part in the Interactive Roadshows can select tickets for any of the first-round group stage games, excluding the opening game between UAE and Bahrain.
What: AFC Asian Cup Interactive Roadshow
Where: Across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Sharjah
When: Debuts on August 26 at Dubai Mall
Contact: Visit www.afcasiancup2019.com to purchase tickets
The eyes of the cricketing world will be fixed on the UAE from 15 to 28 September as Dubai and Abu Dhabi prepare to host the 2018 Asia Cup.
Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) is hosting the Asia Cup on behalf of the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) and Dubai International Stadium and Zayed Cricket Stadium will be staging the matches.
Tickets for the showpiece event, which are priced from Dh20 to Dh750, will be available via the online booking site Platinumlist and at retail outlets across the UAE from Monday 20 August. Cricket fans can also buy season tickets for both the venues at attractive prices.
In Group A, India, the defending champions, will face Pakistan with both teams also facing the winner of the qualifier which will be held in Malaysia at the end of the month. The UAE are one of six teams vying for the lone automatic spots.
In Group B Sri Lanka will play Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The games will be played over a 50 over format starting from 3.30pm onwards.
The teams will start arriving in the UAE from 10th September. The first game will see Bangladesh take on Sri Lanka in front of what is sure to be a full-house at Dubai International Stadium.
All of the teams taking partcan expect huge support from fans who have flown in especially for the tournament as well as residents who live in the UAE, with a party atmosphere guaranteed in the stands.
Khalid Al Zarooni, Vice Chairman, Emirates Cricket Board said, “We are proud to host the 2018 Asia Cup in the UAE, which promises to be a thrilling festival of cricket with some of the world’s best players battling it out on the field.
“The game of cricket is hugely popular here in the UAE, and we are sure there will be a fantastic atmosphere in the stands as well as great entertainment on the field throughout the tournament.”
Hospitality packages for VIP and corporate suites can be purchased directly from Dubai Sports City and Abu Dhabi Cricket. Those interested can email [email protected] or [email protected] to find out more about hospitality prices and packages.
What: Asia Cup tickets
Where: Dubai and Abu Dhabi
When: September 15 to 28
Contact: Tickets can be bought online at www.platinumlist.net