Morocco’s top Middleweight (75kg) Youness Gharroumi has been part of the Atlas Lions set up since Season V and proved a tough target for Roosters 25-year-old newcomer Pierre Hubert Dibombe-Ekambi as he cruised into a commanding lead. A perfect left-hook early in the third looked to have set Gharroumi on his way to levelling the match, but the French boxer found his rhythm and the target with some powerful blows, knocking the Moroccan down in the fifth to help turn the tie around and give his side a 2-0 lead.
Two WSB debutants did battle at Bantamweight (56kg), with the hosts’ Taoufik Kachfi starting brightly before losing his way against Samuel Kistohurry. The talented Frenchman used his sparkling footwork to avoid trouble, leaving Kachfi chasing shadows and helping the visitors to an unassailable 3-0 lead. Roosters’ Rio 2016 Olympian Hassan Amzile then had Morocco’s Abdelhaq Nadir struggle made on the canvas in the first three minutes of their Light Welterweight (64kg) bout, and his class shone through as he registered a comfortable unanimous win in the fourth bout of the night.
Atlas Lion’s’ top Heavyweight (91kg) Abdeldjalil Abouhamda and Fighting Roosters’ Croatian Draft Pick Alen Babic wrapped up the night in Fes, the Moroccan looking for his fourth win in eight WSB contests. Babic had his opponent on the back foot early on with some well-timed jabs, but a perfect uppercut in the second shifted the tie in Abouhamda’s favour, and as he began to pick through the Croat’s defences the result was secured, the home side registering a precious first win which they will need to build on in Rome in two weeks’ time to get a footing in a tough Group B.