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Dridi International Champ After Unsatisfactory Ending

 
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April 29, 2011 / BY UBO PRESS OFFICER

 
 
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Former African Boxing Union champion Mohamed Dridi won the vacant Universal Boxing Organization™ International Cruiserweight title Thursday night (April 28) at the Palais des Sports in Dijon, France when his opponent Luzimar Gonzaga from Brazil didn’t come out for the third round.

 

 

The fight was originally scheduled for January 15 in Tunisia, but due to the political unrest and turmoil in Dridi’s home country it was postponed and moved to France.
 

Billed as “Fight For Freedom”, and taking place in front of numerous French celebrities, all proceeds from the event will be donated to help improve the situation in Tunisia via the Lions Club Tunis Doyen.
 

While the show was helping a noble cause, the fight itself was less than noble. After two good rounds where Gonzaga seemed in charge and controlling the proceedings with sharp hooks and uppercuts, as Dridi tried his best but often came unstuck against his taller opponent, the Brazilian out-of-the-blue refused to come out for round three, claiming that he was no longer able to fight.
 

Belgian referee Philippe Wouters consequently had no choice but to declare Dridi the winner by technical knockout after a disappointing and curious ending.
 

Nobody, not even the new UBO International Champion, can be happy with how things turned out, and whatever the reason is for Gonzaga’s conduct he didn’t do himself or boxing proud in Dijon.   

New UBO International Cruiserweight Champion Mohamed Dridi with a young fan

 

With the victory Dridi’s verified pro boxing record improves to 9-4 (8), and Gonzaga’s ledger drops to 31-9 (25).

The show was promoted by Nesma Broadcaster in cooperation with former world champion Cristophe Tiozzo and Dijon Boxe.  

 

 

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