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Mohammedi Retains, Dailydaite Triumphs

Posted on April 21 2012                                              Bookmark and Share
By: Clive Baum            



World Boxing Federation Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion Nadjib Mohammedi, 26-3 (13), from France got one step closer to a world title opportunity on Friday April 20, when he successfully defended his title with a unanimous decision over Mohamed Belkacem from Switzerland at the Salle Jean Roure in Les Pennes-Mirabeau.

It was a fast-paced bout where the challenger tried hard and was the aggressor in the first half, but Mohammedi had superior boxing skills, footwork and speed, and effectively countered the attacks from Belkacem, who did manage to land the odd good shot.

After seven rounds of giving his all, Belkacem, now 20-5-1 (9), was clearly spend and it seemed only a matter of time before Mohammedi would catch him and finish the fight. However, while the dominance by the Frenchman was total, Belkacem deserved huge credit for showing tremendous willpower by staying on his feet to the end.

Judges Torben Seeman Hansen from Denmark, Joaquim Rueda and Martin Basila, both from France, scored the bout 119-109, 118-110 and 119-108 respectively. Referee in charge of the action was another Frenchman, Noel Monnet. Promoter was Robert Safrani.

Also Friday night, In Dortmund, Germany, undefeated Goda Dailydaite became the new World Boxing Federation Women’s World Featherweight champion when she defeated Arleta Krausova from the Czech Republic for the vacant title.

In a good, entertaining contest, Dailydaite was always a bit sharper than her slightly more experienced opponent; this was the second world title fight for Krausova, but it was competitive throughout and the spectators got their money’s worth seeing their local hero score a unanimous decision.  

After ten rounds of world class boxing, the judges voted 98-92 (Olena Pobyvailo, Belgium), 99-91 (Toni Tiberi, Luxembourg), and 99-92 (Hans Joachim Karge, Germany). Referee was Daniel Van de Wiele from Belgium.

With the victory the new world champion improved to 7-0 (2), while Krausova dropped to 6-2, both losses coming on points in WBF World title fights. The bout was promoted by Timor Khalil and his Khalil Boxpromotion.  

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