ALGIERS- Boxers Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf and Lars Bouchholz respected the weight limit for their fight for title of World Boxing Federation (WBF) lightweight champion scheduled Thursday at the Harsha Hassen Sports Hall in Algiers.
Nicknamed the “Algerian Rocky,” Benmakhlouf, 39 years old on May 5th, was crowned world champion by the World Boxing Federation after his victory against Hungarian Halasz Gabor on 6 March 2015 in Berlin (Germany).
“The fight is in 24 hours and I can’t wait to be on the ring. I have been preparing this fight for three months with my team and coach Lallaoui in order to keep my world champion title in front of my crowd in Algiers,” said Benmakhlouf.
When asked about the last minute change of opponent, Benmakhlouf said that this change will not affect his preparation.
German boxer Bouchholz was called for this boxing match following the withdrawal of Argentinian Emilio Valori, who had difficulties leaving the Argentinian territory due to a disagreement with local authorities, said organizers.
Benmakhlouf’s trainer, Nacer Lallaoui thanked the German boxer for coming to Algiers at the last minute to take up the challenge, while he was in the midst of preparations for another fight.
For his part, Bouchholz (34), with 34 fights in professional (27 victories, 7 defeats) said that he is in Algiers to win the World champion belt.