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Rola El Halabi

Doberstein & El Halabi Retains, Amasheh & Donfack Wins WBF Titles!

On Saturday night (September 7) at the Saarlandhalle in Saarbruecken, Germany, the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Convention came to a conclusion with a big WBF championship quadruple-header presented by local promoters DOG Eventboxing.

In front of a good crowd at the traditional venue, Berlin-based Cameroonian Bernard Donfack captured the vacant WBF International Light Heavyweight title by fourth round technical knockout over Said Mbelwa from Tanzania in the evening’s first championship bout. Continue reading

The Rola El Halabi Fairytale Continues

xboxen-nikki4One of the most amazing comeback stories in boxing history will continue when Rola El Halabi (11-1, 6 KOs) goes for the vacant World Boxing Federation Womens World Light Welterweight title on August 3 at the 5500 capacity open-air Laubach Arena in Laubach, Germany.

In April 2011 she was shot in hands, knees and feet by her estranged stepfather, just minutes before a world championship fight, and she was never expected to box again, and certainly not competitively at world level.

But in January of this year she did return to the ring, and immediately proved her miraculous comeback was not just for show when she put on a great performance against Italian Lucia Morelli for the WBF World Lightweight crown. Continue reading

Rola El Halabi returns to the ring after shooting incident

rola-el-halabi-posterIn April 2011 Rola El Halabi was an undefeated Lightweight boxer (11-0, 6 KOs), waiting in a dressing room to enter the ring for a world championship fight, when her nightmare began. Estranged from a dominating stepfather who previously ran her career and life, she was on the threshold of making a statement by fighting and winning on her own.

But she never made it to the ring that night. Her world crashed down around here when Roy Hicham El Halabi entered the dressing room and ordered everyone else to leave, before proceeding to barbarically shoot his stepdaughter in hands, knees and feet.
El Halabi was rushed to hospital, and an almost certain end to a promising boxing career was not as much a concern as the possible loss of her life. While doctors later established that her life would be saved, it very much looked as if her days as an athlete were over.
But the Lebanese-born German proved to be a greater fighter than anyone in the boxing world could have imagined, and on Saturday (January 12) she will return to the ring and fight Italian Lucia Morelli for the vacant World Boxing Federation World Lightweight title, on a show she is herself promoting in the city of Neu Ulm, just across the Donau river from hometown Ulm.  
Roy Hicham will not be able to stop her this time! He is serving a six-year prison sentence in Berlin, while Rola is in the process of one of the most amazing comebacks in recent memory. After several operations and months of being confined to a wheelchair, she decided that the actions of a mad-man would not keep her from achieving her dreams. Continue reading