After starting his career out as a journeyman, going 4-4-1 in his first nine bouts, French Super Welterweight Zakaria Attou has turned things around for himself and will be challenging for the vacant World Boxing Federation International title on June 29 at the Salle Marcel Cerdan in Paris suburb Poissy.
Since his up-and-down beginning, Attou has won six straight fights and now spots a respectable 10-4-1 (4) record before his first ever ten-round championship contest. And he will not be in with a walk-over adversary, as the man in the opposite corner is leaps and bounds ahead of the Frenchman in the experience department.
The opponent will be Belgian champion Kobe Vandekerkhove, 21-13-3 (6), a veteran of nine title bouts, who, besides winning his country’s national championship twice, has also challenged for BeNeLux and European Union titles and fought top-opponents all over Europe. He will without a doubt be the best fighter Attou has faced as a pro!
Vanderkerkove is coming off two victories this year, and will not be fazed by the home-mans credentials. While Attou will be enjoying the support of the patriotic crowd at ringside, Vanderkerkhove has “been there, done that” in fights against Emmanuele Della Rosa and Luciano Abis in Italy, Brian Rose in England and Jussi Koivula in Finland, to name a few.
The Belgian will like his chances in this one, despite travelling to his opponent’s home turf. And Attou, having gotten used to being a winner, is full of confidence that his streak will not come to an end on June 29 and that he will pick up the WBF title in front of the local fans.
It looks like a real fifty-fifty fight, and it remains to be seen who brings most to the ring on fight-night!