Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf vs. Tony Visic for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental Cruiserweight title headlines a big card, also featuring former world champion Jean Marc Mormeck in a non-title fight, at the Palais des Sports Robert Charpentier in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France on Friday December 5.
37-year-old Algerian-born Benmakhlouf is best known for losing a decision to living legend Roy Jones Jr. in Russia last December, but he has since returned with two convincing stoppage victories this year, one in Algeria and one in France.
While he turned professional in 2004 at Heavyweight, and has since fought sporadically at that weight class, he is now firmly established at Cruiserweight, and brings a stellar 19-4-1 (10) record into what will be his first crack at a meaningful title.
In Tony Visic, Benmakhlouf will be fighting an opponent much better than his 15-15-1 (4) record suggests.
The Croatian only turned pro in June of 2011, and started his career as a busy journeyman, taking many fights on short notice and away from home.
In 2012 he still managed to defeat undefeated Tefik Bajrami (5-0) in Kosovo, and later that same year beat another undefeated prospect in Herve Hubeaux (11-0) to lift a minor title in Belgium. He has won five of his last six bouts, and will be attempting to continue his climb against Benmakhlouf on December 5.
The Benmakhlouf vs. Visic WBF Intercontinental Cruiserweight title fight, supported by a strong undercard, will be promoted by Nasser Lalaoui.