World Boxing Federation Intercontinental Cruiserweight Champion Ben Nsafoah, 15-8-2 (8), will travel to Ninove, Belgium to defend his title on June 29 against incredibly experienced local campaigner Ismail Abdoul, 48-27-2 (19).
Originally from Ghana but based in Germany, Nsafoah turned professional in his adopted home country in 2008. He won the German national championship the following year, and made one successful defense before relinquishing the title.
In 2011 Nsafoah won the WBF title when he scored a unanimous decision over the undefeated Bjoern Blaschke, in what was probably his best performance to date.
After an unsuccessful foray into the Heavyweight division, resulting in two losses to undefeated opponents, Nsafoah is now back to roam at Cruiserweight where he plans to send Abdoul packing in front of his countrymen.
But former Belgian Champion Abdoul has undoubtedly seen it all in his career, being one of the most experienced Cruiserweight in Europe, and has no less than twenty-three title fights and a slew of big names on his resume.
Current world title-holder Krysztof Wlodarczyk is the only man who ever managed to stop Abdoul inside the distance (in round twelve!), while Tomasz Adamek, Enzo Maccarinelli, Marco Huck and David Haye only managed to beat Abdoul on points after a hard nights work.
Having won numerous titles since turning pro in 1996, 36-year-old Abdoul is reportedly as fit and ready as ever to make a strong attempt to dethrone Nsafoah. Usually he is the one going on the road for championship fights, but this time he will enjoy the support of his own fans.
The Ben Nsafoah vs. Ismail Abdoul WBF Intercontinental title fight in Ninove, Belgium will be promoted by Ezzedine Laggoune.