Unbeaten Egyptian Andre “King Cheetah” Valavanis is the new World Boxing Federation (WBF) All Africa Welterweight Champion, after he out-classed and stopped fellow countryman Shady Mamdou to win the vacant title on Saturday, June 4, at the Palm Hills Club in Giza.
Headlining a show promoted by Louaa Boxing Promotions and Richard Nwoba, both fighters started the fight aggressively, throwing plenty of power-punches to head and body, but Valavanis quickly proved the sharper and more skilled boxer and took control of the fight.
After winning the first two rounds quite clearly, Valavanis upped the pace further in round three and soon connected with hard shots to floor Mamdou. Visibly hurt, Mamdou was rightly rescued from further punishment by referee Heshem Pasha.
The new WBF All Africa Welterweight Champion improved his professional ledger to 5-0 (4) and appears to be facing a bright future in the ring, while the brave but out-gunned Mamdou, a former two-time Egyptian national title-challenger, falls to 4-3 (3).
The card, which also featured two Egyptian national title fights, was attended by a near sell-out crowd of more than 400 fans in the intimate venue, including the son of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who enjoyed the show with his family.