Sharadene “Sheenzow” Fortuin Gears Up for Dubai Bout Against Nastaran Fathi

South Africa’s Sharadene “Sheenzow’ Fortuin takes on Iran’s Nastaran Fathi for the WBA Gold women’s junior featherweight title in Dubai on Saturday, 25 November, 2023. Photo: Sharadene Fortuin on Instagram

South African two-time bantamweight boxing champion Sharadene “Sheenzow’ Fortuin will relaunch her international career in a bout against Nastaran Fathi for the WBA Gold women’s junior featherweight title in Dubai on Saturday, 25 November, 2023.

Fortuin will aim to continue her winning momentum after she defeated Zimbabwean boxer Patience Mastara on a unanimous count in her last fight, at the Meropa Sun Casino in Polokwane during the Women in Boxing series, hosted by Boxing South Africa. 

The Seymour Eastern Cape-born Fortuin and her new trainer Lonki Witbooi will be the first female boxer and trainer from South Africa to fight in the United Arab Emirates, which has recently been establishing itself as a worthy stage for women boxers to prove their finesse.

Fathi has in her own right shattered barriers coming from a country where aspirant athletes have been forced into exile, as Iran has long exercised a prohibition on women’s sport without wearing a hijab. 

Based in the United Arab Emirates, Fathi has a record of 10 wins against a single loss, and has won her last three consecutive fights. The last time she lost was in November 2022, when she beat Kiwi Mea Motu. 

The former IBO Intercontinental Bantamweight title holder Fortuin has 14 wins, 2 losses and 2 draws, and lists her achievements two-times SA Champion, IBO World Champion, WBA Pan African Champion, and IBO Intercontinental Champ. 

The winner of Saturday’s fight is guarantees a top rating with the World Boxing Association.


Photo Caption: South Africa’s Sharadene “Sheenzow’ Fortuin takes on Iran’s Nastaran Fathi for the WBA Gold women’s junior featherweight title in Dubai on Saturday, 25 November, 2023. Photo: Sharadene Fortuin on Instagram

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