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Boxers, friends Azea Augustama and Ahmed Elbiali return to Casino Miami Jai-Alai on Saturday night

 

Special to the Miami Herald

Pre-fight publicity for Saturday night’s boxing show at Casino Miami Jai-Alai may showcase the cast members of a reality TV show who will participate in the headlining bout. Only the majority of the crowd will likely be there to support two locals on the undercard.

Light heavyweights and Miami residents Azea Augustama and Ahmed Elbiali have gradually won over fans in their respective careers. Moreover, Augustama and Elbiali have become fixtures at Jai-Alai since the facility resumed fight cards last year.

“Azea and I are good friends, and we have even sparred against each other,” Elbiali said. “Sometimes the people he brings to shows I know and vice-versa.”

Elbiali (4-0, 4 KOs) will fight Yuwshua Zadok in a scheduled four-round bout. A graduate of Dr. Michael Krop High, Elbiali has fought three of his professional bouts at Jai-Alai.

Meanwhile, Augustama (16-0, 9 KOs) will make his fifth consecutive Jai-Alai appearance. Augustama will face Cory Cummings in a match scheduled for eight rounds.

“This will be another day in the office for me,” Augustama said. “I thank God for putting me through a grueling training camp. I’m going to put on an impressive performance.”

Elbiali, 22, also looks forward to entertaining his followers.

“In general, I’m an action fighter,” Elbiali said. “I’ve gotten good reviews from people that I know as well as others that I don’t. Boxing is a demanding sport and you can entertain but without losing your focus on the task at hand which is to win and continue moving forward in your career.”

Saturday’s show also will feature the taping of the reality show Knockout, which chronicles trainers Floyd Mayweather Jr., Robert Guerrero and Yoel Judah. Guerrero’s fighter on the show, junior-middleweight Dennis Douglin, will face Fort Lauderdale resident Charles Whittaker in a scheduled 10-round bout.

Mayweather will work the corner of son, Justin Mayweather Jones, who will fight Luis Garcia in a scheduled four-round welterweight match.

The card starts at 7. For more information, call 305-633-6400.

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