NORMAN — Noah Zuhdi is on the verge of having the biggest fight of his career. The Oklahoma native will face German Jurado (12-2, 4 KOs) at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cox Convention Center. The boxing match for the WBU World Championship is being billed as “The Fight For Glory.”
What makes the event so big is that it’s the first world title fight in the Oklahoma City area in more than 40 years and is the city’s first-ever WBU title fight.
Zuhdi (15-1, 12 KOs), who, from his days playing basketball at Heritage Hall through becoming the current USA Oklahoma Lightweight Champion, has done his best to represent his home state with his athletic ability.
“I’ve always been taught to set a goal, devise a plan to reach that goal, and do all I can as a man to achieve it,” Zuhdi said.
In 2001, Zuhdi was nominated for the McDonald’s High School All American basketball team and played at the college level for four years before graduating from St, Gregory’s as an NAIA Academic All American with a degree in Business Management.
From that point, Zuhdi decided to train and fight as a professional boxer at the same time he entered the University of Oklahoma School of Law. Zuhdi currently practices law while continuing to pursue his dreams inside the ring.
“I just could never see myself leaving the world of athletics,” Zuhdi said. “So I trained throughout law school, winning seven of my professional bouts while still in school. Whether I’m in court or putting on the boxing gloves, I look at each challenge as an opportunity.”
But being a championship boxer is still the 27-year-old pugilist’s main goal.
“To become world champion, one must have the overwhelming desire to push himself to the limit each day in hopes of reaching one’s potential emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually,” Zuhdi stated. “He must be resilient when faced with adversity and stop at nothing within his ethical and moral boundaries to reach new heights. At times when others buckle under pressure, a world champion embraces all challenges. He must display discipline, focus and will power in all facets of life to provide him with the best possibility to succeed.”