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Cage Warriors 61 moves from Baghdad to Amman


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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship officials have been forced to opt for a change of date and venue for next month’s Cage Warriors 61.

The event, which was originally scheduled for the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Saturday, December 14, will now take place at the King Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena (pictured) in Amman, Jordan, on Friday, December 13.

Cage Warriors 61 will be CWFC’s thirteenth and penultimate event of the year, and will see the promotion make a swift return to Amman following the enormous success of last month’s sold-out CWFC Fight Night 9 at the same venue.

Several logistical issues caused CWFC officials to postpone the promotion’s historic first ever event in Iraq, which it is now hoped can be scheduled instead for 2014, as Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan explains:

“My team and I worked extremely hard to make this event in Baghdad happen, but there were too many logistical barriers in our way that meant we couldn’t guarantee that this event would meet CWFC’s high standards of organisation and production,” said Boylan.

“I’m never willing to compromise on those standards so we’ve taken the decision to move the event to Amman instead. This will be our sixth event there so we’re familiar with the infrastructure and the challenges will subsequently be more familiar and straightforward for us to deal with in this short space of time.

“It’s unfortunate that our first event in Iraq will now have to wait until next year, but the important thing is that the athletes on the Cage Warriors 61 card still have an event to prepare for. Cancelling CWFC 61 just wasn’t an option.”

CWFC has built a huge fanbase in Amman since staging its first event there, CWFC Fight Night 1, back in June 2011. Cage Warriors 61 is one of three CWFC events scheduled for next month, joined by Cage Warriors 62: Newcastle on December 7 and Cage Warriors 63: Dublin on New Year’s Eve.

Headlined by a welterweight bout between Carvalho and Matt Inman, check out the latest fight card for Cage Warriors 61 HERE, with more bouts still to be announced.

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