November 19, 2015

THE FACE OF ISLAM:

AMER ABDALLAH'S AMERICAN DREAM  (Derek Evers, 11/19/15, Vice)'


"In 1996 I fought in Baghdad," recalls Amer Abdallah. "It's so funny to even say it. I fought in Baghdad in '96, after the first Desert Storm, before the second war."

Abdallah, 16-0, and currently the No. 2 ranked cruiserweight kickboxer in the world, is recounting the story of his only loss... ever. On Saturday night, he will face off in a unifying title fight against current world champion, Garreth Richards--a man Abdallah calls "his next victim".

The fight will take place in Abdallah's hometown of Lockport, New York, a small suburb of Buffalo along the Erie Canal. But Abdallah's story, both as a fighter and a man, has its origins in Jordan. His family, originally from Jerusalem, emigrated from Jordan to New York City in the 1970s, and his parents went from running a small grocery store in the Bronx to owning series of McDonald's franchises across the state. One of them was in Lockport. "That's why we ended up moving there."

Abdallah's story is a familiar one for immigrants coming to the United States, and his father's business ascension is, in a nutshell, the American Dream come to life.

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