Algeria’s boxing pride, Djamel Dahou made a strong case to break into the world ratings after claiming a first round knockout victory over Daniel Valenzuela on Friday night to make a successful defence of the WBC Youth Welterweight title in his home country.
Undefeated Dahou (now 13-0, 12 KOs) in fact needed only 76 seconds in Bordj Bou Arreridj to snuff out the challenge of Valenzuela (drops to 33-25-2, 21 KOs) who had shown so much promise in the opening seconds.
Dahou who also holds the Universal Boxing Organisation (UBO) world Welterweight belt, knew he was up against a formidable opponent when Valenzuela started the fight on the offensive and attempted a few jabs.
Determined to give his teeming home fans a glimpse of his credentials, Dahou quickly took control and soon floored his Argentine opponent with a powerful left hook that proved the undoing of Valenzuela who failed to beat the count of American referee, Curtis Thrasher at 1 minute, 16 seconds of the very first round.
It’s a march on to bigger dreams for Dahou who trained in the UK with former world champion, Ryan Barrett before this fight.
According to managers of the world title chasing Algerian boxer, Djamel Dahou will now travel to the USA to train with Roger Mayweather, uncle and long-time trainer of undefeated boxing pound-for-pound king, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather ahead of his next date in the ring.
In the event, Dahou is scheduled to next fight Richmond Djarbeng of Ghana who is WBA rated no.10 Welterweight in the world on April 15 next year as he continues the chase for a world championship.