On Friday March 20 at the Complexe Sportif Gayant in Douai, France, the Douai Boxing Club and Rani Fellouki presents a World Boxing Federation (WBF) championship doubleheader, featuring local stars Farid Chebabha and Mohamed Merah.
Chebabha, 16-2-4 (1), will be making his second defense of the WBF International Light Welterweight title, when he faces Italian Marco Siciliano, 10-3 (5), while Merah, 12-2-3 (4), will try to regain the vacant WBF International Light Heavyweight crown against Tomas Adamek, 21-10-2 (8), from the Czech Republic.
Having won the title with a unanimous decision over Michal Dufek in April 2014, Chebabha successfully defended it last November, also on points, in a terrific fight against Tarik Madni. If successful on March 20, he will be looking for a shot at the WBF world title, currently held by South African Zolani Marali.
From Turin, Marco Siciliano challenged for the Italian national title in 2012, and has since worked towards another big break. It now comes against Chebabha, and at 34 years of age he knows it could be make or break, and is expected to be highly motivated to upset the Frenchman’s applecart.
Mohamed Merah forfeited the WBF International title when he lost a bid for another organizations Intercontinental belt this past December. Now he tries to regain the vacant title, but wont be in for an easy ride against Adamek.
The Czech veteran turned pro in 2006, and has since been a part of no less than ten title fights against some of the best names Europe can offer, including close failed bids for WBF titles against Denis Simcic (2012) and Timy Shala (2013).
In 2013 “Jumbo” Adamek drew with world-ranked Dustin Dirks (27-1) in Germany, and is coming off a knockout victory in his last fight, so he is expected to give “Parigo” Merah all he can handle. And with his fighting-style, it is bound to be an entertaining fight for the capacity crowd of around 1500 loyal Douai boxing fans.