Mohammed Zamani is slowly climbing the ranks on the international boxing stage. He is currently 4-0 in his professional career and is the second-ranked Afghanistan boxer at Welterweight according to BoxRec. With a lot to look forward to, Zamani is high on hopes and has some huge plans ahead of him but at the same time, he has not forgotten his roots.
Switching from MMA
It all started for Zamani when he was a refugee in Denmark and before reaching there, he went through a huge transition from Mixed Martial Arts.
Born into a family of eight brothers and five sisters, Zamani suffered a personal tragedy at the age of two when his father passed away. It was years later this incident that Zamani started following the footsteps of his elder brother and tried his hand in Mixed Martial Arts.
Mohammed Zamani: I was a refuge in Europe - Denmark, before that, I was an MMA fighter in Afghanistan but in Denmark I started boxing because there were not too many MMA clubs in Denmark so I preferred boxing and started training over it. My family loves sports because my elder brother is an MMA trainer so they were pretty pleased to hear that I wanted to take Boxing as a full time.
Starting from 2016, all the way to 2018, Zamani managed to make a mark in the amateur boxing scene in Denmark having fought more than 30 bouts. He was in the top ranks of his weight division and a year later, Zamani made his leap into professional boxing.
Professional Boxing Journey and Marine Pro Boxing Promotions
Zamani’s professional boxing debut came at the Marwah Studio in Noida where he got the better of Tej Choudhary via a knockout. It was after this fight that Zamani joined hands with Devraj Das and Marine Pro Boxing Promotions, under which he fought three times after his debut.
Mohammed Zamani: It was in 2019 that I first met Marine Pro Boxing Promotions’ Mr Devraj Das and post my 1st fight, we started to build a good equation where he understood what I wanted to pursue further and that's how I thought it would be great to work with a growing organization who are like-minded.
All three outings of Zamani which was associated with Marine Pro Boxing Promotions ended in victory with two unanimous decisions and one stoppage, the last of which came at the Insanity Fight Club in Bangkok against Channarong Injampa. Zamani holds the fight close to his heart.
Mohammed Zamani: I had butterflies in my stomach before entering the ring since it was my 1st appearance in a different country outside of Afghanistan and India. At the other side, I felt very proud of being the only Afghan boxer to fight in Thailand under a show promoted by Marine Pro Boxing.
His love for India and Title aspirations
Having spent a major part of his career in India, the nation has become a second home for the boxing star. And he hopes to carry both the flags when he makes it big in the international boxing scene.
Mohammed Zamani: India is like my second home and I proudly take both country flags in my fights and it is a big honour for me to represent both nations. Politically India has been having a good relation with Afghanistan and after my visit to India, I loved coming back again. The food, the people, and the city they are so good and carrying the weights of both countries gives me immense energy in the ring.
Motivated by his country, family, fellow countrymen and his dreams, Zamani hopes to have the gold strap around his waist one day.
Mohammed Zamani: The plan is simple, to become a World Champion and become the first Afghan-Indian national to raise the flag in a global stage. Currently, for now, my next fight is mostly on September at Bangkok and after in December Mumbai for the WBC Asian Title.