By Sami Zaptia.
London, 10 December 2017:
Maltese-based and Libyan-born boxer Malik ”The Trigger” Zinad won his tenth straight fight yesterday against Bulgarian Tsvetozar Ilieve. The fight took place in Malta.
The 24-year Zinad knocked down the 33-year old Bulgarian fighter twice in the first and second rounds, before the referee ended the fight in round two after Ilieve went down again.
Reigning WBF International Light Heavyweight Champion Zinad was meant to be fighting the Ugandan and Dutch-based Farouk Daku on 7th October in London in defence of his title. The fight never materialized.
Zinad (which is the Arabic for trigger) hails from the Salah al Deen area of Tripoli and made his professional debut in October 2015. He became WBF International Light Heavyweight Champion in September last year by beating Attila Palko by a technical knockout (TKO) in Maribor, Slovenia
Zinad was forced to leave Libya as an 18-year old in 2013 to escape the troubles there after the 2011 revolution in order to further his career and dreams. ”I came to Malta 3 years ago for my boxing in order to be the best fighter”, he had told Libya Herald in September.