Hamzaoui to face Vlajk on April 25 in France
Unified Womens World Flyweight Champion Amira Hamzaoui from France will make her first title-defense on Saturday April 25 when she squares off with Hungarian challenger Alexandra Vlajk at the Hall des Sports Pierre Gaspard in her hometown of Epernay.
Hamzaoui won the World Boxing Federation (WBF) World title last October by defeating Raja Amasheh in Germany, and will be the first boxer to defend a Unified Womens World Title, after the WBF launched its cooperation with the WIBF and GBU last month and merged the three championships into the most prestigious title in female boxing.
29-year-old Hamzaoui turned professional in November 2011, and has since compiled a professional record of 11-1 (5). After winning her first nine starts, she suffered her sole blemish when she came up short in a fight for the French national title in November 2013, losing to undefeated Laetitia Arzalier.
The skilled Southpaw rebounded with a routine victory five months later, and was considered a clear underdog when she traveled to Saarbruecken to challenge the aforementioned Amasheh, then the undefeated WBF world champion, the following October.
But Hamzaoui defied the odds, and wound up winning a close but deserved split decision to lift her first world title, and now she is finally ready to defend her crown in front of hometown fans, family and friends, in an event that is supported by the entire city of Epernay.
Her challenger on the night, Alexandra Vlajk (35), also only has one loss on her ledger, a decision defeat to fellow Hungarian Renata Domsodi in March 2014. Now 7-1 (2), she has since put together two decisive victories to move herself in line for what will be her first world title opportunity.
The Unified Womens World Flyweight Championship fight between defending champion Amira Hamzaoui and challenger Alexandra Vlajk, and an undercard featuring local talent in interesting match-ups, will be presented by the Epernay Boxing Club.