Lightweight division newcomer Noah Zuhdi has history on his side. The Norman law student and boxing hopeful boasts strong family ties to the sport of pugilism, starting out his career with former World Boxing Association lightweight champion Sean O'Grady in his camp.
Zuhdi's second professional fight will be part of the newest incarnation of "Tuesday Night Fights," returning 7 p.m. Tuesday to Remington Park.
The bout is being promoted by Darla Zuhdi, Noah's stepmother, who has been handling sports and entertainment events since the Eighties. She said that Tuesday has been a traditional night for fighting in Oklahoma since the Twenties.
She hopes to revive the tradition in Oklahoma City with monthly bouts and admitted that Noah's entrance into the boxing world played a major role in their decision.
"Noah wants a title shot, and we can help him do that, so we want to help develop an environment that is clean and good," Darla Zuhdi said. "In every profession you have bad elements that can come in, even with professions like law or medicine, and our goal is to keep all that out."
Despite being exposed to the sport at an early age, Noah Zuhdi initially chose basketball and played for St. Gregory's University in Shawnee. After graduation, he went on to the University of Oklahoma law program, where despite the demands of postgraduate work, he wasn't ready to give up athletics.
"I've always loved sports, but the NBA wasn't knocking on my door," Noah Zuhdi said. "Charles Martin