Former Enfusion Heavyweight Champion Ismael “The Star” Lazaar will return to the organization at the gala taking place on 2 November in Antwerp, Belgium. Enfusion co-promoter Antwerp Fight Organisation made the announcement today.
Lazaar was Enfusion’s top heavyweight and faced GLORY titlist Rico Verhoeven at GLORY 41 in Brabanthallen, Holland. Verhoeven’s title wasn’t at stake in the non-title bout, won by Verhoeven via five-round unanimous decision in May 2017.
After the Verhoeven loss, Lazaar had been scheduled to defend his Enfusion title last year against Luis Tavares. The bout was cancelled after it became public Lazaar tested positive for “four different types of anabolic steroids” after his loss to the Glory champion.
Lazaar was suspended for four years by the Institute for Sports Law (ISR) in the Netherlands after he failed to respond to the doping allegations. Various Dutch websites reported he planned to appeal his suspension, but there doesn’t appear to be any new information on his appeal status.
Even if Lazaar is under suspension in the Netherlands, the November match is taking place in neighboring Belgium, where the doping ban may not have any effect. The Moroccan did fight once last year in China. He fought to a draw with Mark Godbeer at a MAS Fight event.
No opponent was named for Lazaar. The Enfusion Heavyweight Title is currently held by Levi Rigters of the Netherlands, who won the title last year with a decision victory over Slovakian contender Martin Pacas.