Boxers are excited about the pioneering boxing summit Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa (KHK) Sports and Mack The Knife (MTK) Global will host in Bahrain in September 2020. Among them were World Bantamweight Champion Nordine Oubaali, 34, of France and Morocco and former Olympic medalist and world top prospect Michael John “Mick” Conlan, 28, of Northern Ireland.
“I am excited to see the positive news from MTK Global and their new partnership with KHK Sports and what this represents not only for the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Middle East region but for the entire Arab boxing community around the world,” Oubaali said. “As a proud French-Moroccan and a Muslim and also the current WBC World Champion, I’m full of pride to be part of this era and this huge step in boxing together with MTK and cannot wait to be there at the boxing summit later this year.”
Prior to the announcement of the boxing summit, KHK Sports appointed MTK Global co-founder Daniel Kinahan, 42, of Ireland as a special advisor. He has been instrumental in securing some of the biggest global events in the sport and as advisor for Top Rank in the MENA region, he has expertise and connections that will strengthen the KHK Sports brand and immediately expand its international reach.
KHK Sports is a vision of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, 30, Bahrain’s first deputy president of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, the Bahrain Olympic Committee president and the BRAVE Combat Federation founder. Conlan said it is great to see MTK Global “being highly involved in creating the global leaders’ summit due to take place in Bahrain.”
“Given how independently well respected they are in the game, it’s only right they be at the center of the conversations, invoking how boxing grows and develops in the future,” Conlan continued. “I am looking forward to seeing what new opportunities are to come for fighters as they’re partnership with KHK Sports and the inaugural summit are both massive moves in the industry that can only benefit fighters for years to come.”