Middleweight Tarek Suleiman was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Chad Hanekom, from South Africa, which was set for Brave 13: Europe Evolution. The Syrian fighter suffered an injury and will be replaced by Saeed Younesi, out of Cologne, Germany.
Suleiman admits he was ready to fight through the injury, but after consulting with Brave Athlete Relations department decided to withdraw in order to make sure the injury won’t hinder his career long-term.
“It is unfortunate and disheartening to realize that I will not be able to compete at Brave 13. This is the second time I came across the injury in my career at the same place. Thinking long term, it was suggested that I heal and prepare for another battle. Brave Combat Federation has offered me a fight in their next edition. The promotion takes care of the athletes and is genuinely concerned about the well-being of the athletes”, says the Syrian athlete.
He will be replaced by Younesi, who will make his Brave Combat Federation debut. Fighting out of UFD Gym, “Shirazi” comes in with a 3-2 record, with two of his wins coming via KO. He will take on Chad Hanekom, who lost his first professional bout in his Brave debut, back at Brave 10, in Jordan, last March.
Brave 13 will take place at the SSE Arena, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on June 9th. The first-ever Brave show in Europe will be headlined by a title fight, as Bantamweight champion Stephen Loman rematches challenger Frans Mlambo. Also set for the fight card are the debuts of veterans Norman Parke and Karl Amoussou.
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