Money Kicks announces his first boxing match will be on Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua undercard after failed Floyd Mayweather fight
YouTube sensation Money Kicks is set to make his professional boxing debut on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk rematch.
Joshua was outclassed by Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September, losing his world heavyweight crowns on a hugely difficult night but he will get a shot at redemption later this month.
Usyk was dominant in the first fight against Joshua, despite being the much smaller man
The heavyweight duo will clash in Saudi Arabia inside the Jeddah Super Dome, a 35,000-seater arena that only opened in the middle of 2021.
“Finally announcing my Professional Debut 20th August in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia,” the influencer, whose real name is Rashed Belhasa, wrote alongside a fight poster on Instagram.
“Extremely proud to be featuring on Joshua v Usyk card. Put in months of hardwork and hope to make my country proud on 20th August and fly the flag high for all the Emiratis & Arabs around the world. Big thanks to my team and everyone involved! Its go time”
The 20-year-old from Dubai, who has a reported net worth of $4m, will take on British boxer Kyle Paevie who has fought and lost three times, two via stoppage and one via decision.
The YouTuber who has 3.7m followers took to Instagram to share the big news
This will be his first professional fight after previously picking wins over Anas Elshayib and Ajmal Khan in exhibition contests.
Money Kicks was previously linked to a fight with Floyd Mayweather atop the Burj Al Arab in Dubai but that fight fell through and the legendary boxer ended up fighting his old sparring partner Don Moore last time out instead.
The millionaire internet celebrity only adds to what is already a stacked night of fights that will feature a mouthwatering matchup for dangerous Croatian contender Filip Hrgovic.
He’ll take on China’s unbeaten Zhilei Zhang in a fight that will decide the mandatory challenger for the IBF heavyweight title which will be on the line in the main event.
Mayweather wanted to face Money Kicks but the fight fell through
Joshua and Smith are set to be on the same card once again
A second final eliminator on the card sees Callum Smith meet France’s Mathieu Bauderlique.
The winner will become the WBC mandatory challenger at light-heavyweight – with the world title currently held by unified WBC, IBF and WBO champion Artur Beterbiev.
Also on the show, Somali-British super-bantamweight prospect Ramla Ali and her opponent Crystal Garcia Nova will become the first female boxers to feature in an official international event in Saudi Arabia.
As well as this, former Floyd Mayweather man Badou Jack will face Richard Rivera in a cruiserweight bout.
And another ex-Mayweather Promotions fighter Andrew Tabiti will take on Tyrone Spong in a heavyweight contest.
Rounding off the action will be Usyk teammate Daniel Lapin in a light-heavyweight bout with Jozef Jurko and Saudi Super-Lightweight prospect Ziyad Almaayouf facing Jose Alatorre.