Boxing’s original ‘Golden Boy’, former world light heavyweight champion Donny Lalonde, has confirmed to be among the guests of what will hopefully be a star-studded line-up at the upcoming World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Convention in Saarbruecken, Germany from September 5 to 8.
“My mother’s parents are from Germany, therefore, I am looking forward very much to come to that country,” said Lalonde.
The Canadian, who these days lives in Costa Rica with his wife Christi, was a matinee idol in the 80ies and became champion in 1987, stopping Eddie Davis in two rounds. He made one successful defense against Leslie Stewart (TKO 5), before featuring in the sport’s first-ever fight for titles in two different weight division (for Lalonde’s light heavy and a vacant super middle title) when taking on legendary Sugar Ray Leonard in what was a million Dollar affair.
Lalonde put Leonard down in round four, but succumbed finally in the ninth round. In 2003, Donny Lalonde retired with a fine record of 41-5-1 with 33 knockout wins laying testimony to his huge punching power.
Also among the guest is Germany’s own Rola El Halabi, possibly one of the greatest comeback stories in boxing history. Rola was an undefeated champion, when in 2011 just prior to her entering the ring, her estranged stepfather forced his way into her dressing room and proceeded to shoot bullets into her hands, feet and knees before police could detain him.
It seemed to all and everyone that El Halabi’s promising career was over at just 26 years of age before even reaching a peak. However, with a steely determination, Rola refused to give up and cave in – and early this year, she was astonishingly back in the ring, contesting the WBF womens world lightweight crown. Despite coming short on the scorecards against a brilliant Lucia Morelli, Rola El Halabi staged an improbable comeback.
This coming August 3, she is lined up to fight for the WBF womens world light welterweight title given up by Holly Holm and it is not unlikely, Rola will be a world champion again at the time of the WBF Convention, where she intends to also talk about her book, which describes the trials and tribulations she has been through.
“It’s absolutely wonderful to see a great champion like Donny Lalonde and an outstanding fighter like Rola El Halabi coming to grace our convention,” said World Boxing Federation president Howard Goldberg, “and we are sure that many more champions will be on hand, making this an unforgettable event!”.
To register for the WBF World Convention, the highlight of which is a huge WBF Championship Boxing event on the Saturday night, simply print out the registration form (http://worldboxingfederation.net/convention-registration-form.htm) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration fee (300,00 € for a single room, 550,00 € for a double room) includes hotel for three nights, full board, admission to all convention events including the boxing night as well as all local transfers.