The west Asian country of Yemen is unlikely to ever be viewed as a major boxing nation but it does have a card every so often. This week sees one of those rare cards as the 22 May Stadium in Sanaa plays host to a show.
The details on the card are likely to be incomplete but we are aware of 3 bouts on the show with every fighter on the card actually going in with unbeaten records (admittedly 2 of the fighters are debutants).
On the card is Somalian Ali Dridi (3-0, 1) who returns to Yemen for his 4th professional bout. Dridi fought 3 times back in 2011 though has now been inactive for over 2 years. The Somalian fighter will be fighting one of the 2 aforementioned debutants when he steps in against Anwar Ali (0-0).
The card's other debutant is 22 year old Khaled Ahmad (0-0) who celebrates his birthday around a week after his bout. Ahmad will be facing Omar Awdan (1-0, 1) who himself is only 20. Although Awdan has got a slight experience edge with a single fight on his belt, it does need to be mentioned that his bout lasted just 22 seconds.
Experienced bantamweight Ali Raymi (6-0, 6) will be looking to keep his incredible run of opening rounds victories in tact as he faces Ahmed Yousifi (1-0, 1). With a 20 year age difference between the two men this is probably the most interesting bout on the card. Despite the fight edge clearly leading to Raymi he has only fought 2 more professional rounds than Yousifi.