Belgian veteran Ismail Abdoul put on a clinical performance to capture the World Boxing Federation Intercontinental Cruiserweight title from defending champion Ben Nsafoah on Saturday night.
Boxing in front of a capacity crowd of around 1000 spectators in a big tent in Ninove, a short drive from his hometown of Gent, Abdoul fought an almost perfect fight and had answers for anything Nsafoah could offer.
Nsafoah was deducted a point for holding in round five, and was hurt from a perfect left hook by Abdoul at the bell to end the eighth, and in the end there was no doubt whatsoever who would win the decision.
Judges Jean-Marcel Nartz, Brahim Ait Aadi and Hugues Hellebaut scored it 120-107, 120-108 and 119-111 in favor of the home-man.
With the victory Ismail Abdoul improved his remarkable professional record to 49-27-2 (19), while German-based Ghanaian Nsafoah goes home with a 15-9-2 (8) ledger. Promoter was Ezzedine Laggoune.
On the same night, at the Graceland Casino in Secunda, South Africa, two local favorites came unstuck when Evans Mbamba and Gabisile Tshabalala failed to win WBF World titles.
Mbamba, was in a tough fight with Mexican Mario Briones for the vacant WBF World Super Bantamweight crown. Both fighters showed their true class, and both had moments where they, for a period, seemed in control of the action.
With a packed arena enjoying the action, Mbamba had his best moments countering the aggressive Briones, while the visitor often scored well to the body on the attack.
After twelve rounds of boxing the fight was declared a draw with scores of 114-114, 114-114 and 117-111, and both fighters immediately expressed their wish for a quick rematch.
With this result Mbamba´s record now stands at 18-3-1 (9), and Briones goes to 24-3-2 (18).
In the co-feature, fighting for the vacant WBF Womens World Featherweight title, Gabisile Tshabalala was dismantled by Australia’s Shannon Shannon O’Connell, who impressively stopped the previously undefeated South African national champion in seven rounds.
New World Champion O’Connell, from Slacks Creek, Queensland, improved her record to 8-2 (5), while 23-year-old Tshabalala drops to 8-1-1 (0).
The big World Boxing Federation doubleheader was presented by Thinus Stardom of World Sport Promotions.