Oklahoma City will host its first world championship boxing match in more than 40 years Thursday.
Noah Zuhdi of Oklahoma City will take on German Jurado of Changuinola, Panama, at the Cox Convention Center. Zuhdi and Jurado will fight for the World Boxing Union lightweight championship. Several undercards are scheduled, with the first bout set for 7 p.m. Zuhdi (15-1 with 12 knockouts) and Jurado (12-2, four knockouts) are the main event.
Zuhdi is currently the USA Oklahoma lightweight champ.
“Noah Zuhdi is one of the brightest young boxing talents to come out of Oklahoma in decades,” said Joe Miller, the executive director of the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission. “Not only are his boxing skills and work ethic some of the best I have ever witnessed, but his character is beyond reproach. He wants to become a world champion ... he wants to become a world champion boxer. I have no doubt he will someday attain the goals he has set for himself.”
Some of the undercard fights scheduled include Bo Gibbs of Maysville (6-0, four knockouts) taking on Lyle Barron of Tulsa; Antonio Mays of Oklahoma City (2-0, one KO) fighting Darren DeLaune of Okmulgee (1-0, that by knockout); and the first bout of the night will feature Jason Nicholson (18-30, 10 knockouts) against former Oklahoma City Blazers enforcer Ron Aubry. Now an Oklahoma City resident, Aubrey is 11-3-1 with all of his wins by knockout.
Tickets are available at the Cox Center or www.ticketstorm.com.