TORONTO (Kurdistan 24) – A professional Kurdish boxer from Canada has extended his unbeaten record after an impressive performance in Montreal on Saturday.
Kurdish Canadian boxer Mazlum Akdeniz (9-0-0, 4KOs) continues to make waves in the boxing ring after stretching his unbeaten run with a dominant win against opponent Jose Guillermo (9-6-1, 5KOs) at the Montreal Casino.
The super lightweight Akdeniz put in a strong performance and claimed the victory with a unanimous decision after eight rounds.
“I've grown a lot in less than two years as a professional because I was able to experience many things,” he told Kurdistan 24.
The 21-year-old Kurdish boxer was born in the city of Amed, located in Diyarbakir. He moved to Canada with his family in 2004 where he began his fighting career in Montreal at the age of 16.
The Kurdish athlete said the adrenaline of fighting made him fall in love with the sport and dream of becoming a world champion in professional boxing one day.
Before making his professional debut, Akdeniz had recorded over 50 amateur fights. Although he lost five bouts as an amateur, the Kurdish boxer won several regional and national titles.
He made his professional boxing debut at 20 years old on Sept. 28, 2017, winning by unanimous decision in a four-round fight against Ricardo Burgos. Following his introduction in boxing’s professional fight scene, Akdeniz signed a contract with Lee Baxter Promotions in Ontario, Canada.
The well-rounded fighter continues to impress fans at home and abroad and fellow athletes with his powerful striking and dominance in the ring.
“I'm a young 21-year-old veteran in boxing!” Akdeniz said, adding the sport has taught him discipline.
“If you work for something and stay resilient, you can achieve it.”