0fe676f94d868210VgnVCM100000e56411acRCRDapproved/thenational/Articles/Migration/2009-Q3Dah keen to keep fighting for the UAEfee676f94d868210VgnVCM100000e56411ac____Dah keen to keep fighting for the UAEAs the only Emirati to be a professional boxer, Eisa al Dah relishes carrying the name of his region around the world as "The Arabian Warrior".<p>As the only Emirati to be a professional boxer, Eisa al Dah relishes carrying the name of his region around the world as "The Arabian Warrior" and faces a welterweight contest against Matt Seawright at the Jumeirah Carlton Towers Hotel in London tonight.
"I am very proud to be the first professional boxer in the Gulf and to be travelling abroad for fights," he said.</p>
<p>"I'm always looking to the future and I have a vision of getting 25 fights to build experience before going for a belt. I need to get close to the top UK and American fighters first, but it's always a great feeling fighting for the UAE."
Against the English journeyman Seawright, who has amassed only three victories in 21 professional fights, the southpaw is looking to further his professional record of five wins and one loss.</p>
<p>That blemish came last January in Mexico City, when a scheduled Latino opponent withdrew at the last minute, forcing al Dah to accept an exhibition match as a replacement.
With neither fighter injured, the bout was stopped after only two rounds and the judges' decision still rankles the Dubai boxer. "I can't believe they put it in the records," he said.
"I still see myself as undefeated and I'll try my best to knock Seawright out," he said. "With the coaches and trainers, we've put together a good plan - I'll start slowly in the first and box cautious. He's a big puncher, but so am I.</p>
<p>"I lack experience but I prefer fighting orthodox boxers - that will be a benefit."
Al Dah is represented by Chris and Jamie Sanigar, the father and son co-owners of Sanigar Events.
The Sanigars have also started with al Dah as partner, the Eastside Boxing Sports Corporation. Based in Dubai, the company are designed to bring top-tier boxing events, with al Dah on the card, to the country.
"There are a few sponsorship and commercial issues to sort out, but eventually we'll have a show," said Chris Sanigar.</p>
<p>One man likely to help is the UAE property tycoon Sulaiman al Fahim - the boxer's principal sponsor since 2000. "I hope in two to three years Eisa can develop into a famous international boxer who promotes his country and the sport," said al Fahim. "Eisa is a good role model and he's rebuilding UAE boxing and promoting it to the whole Arab world."
Al Dah was boosted by a visit from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.</p>
<p>"Sheikh Mohammed was walking and stopped to talk to me. He said good luck and said he'd be watching," said al Dah.