Frenchman Zakaria Attou successfully completed his transition from journeyman to champion on Friday night (June 29) at the Salle Marcel Cerdan in Paris-suburb Poissy, when he clearly beat Belgian Champion Kobe Vandekerkhove on points to lift the vacant World Boxing Federation International Super Welterweight title.
Judges Jacky Vaillant, Jean Pierre van Imschoot and Charles Chenouf all scored the bout in favor of Attou, 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92 respectively. The new WBF Champion improved his deceivingly modest record to 11-4-1 (4), while Vandekerkhove fell to 21-14-3 (6).
The entire ten rounds followed the same pattern, with Vandekerkhove chasing Attou and doing everything he could to win, but the local man always landed the better and harder punches and imposed his physical advantage. Being the bigger and stronger boxer, Attou had little problems stopping the Belgian in his tracks, and the game effort of Vandekerkhove was like swimming in a river against the flow.
There were no knockdowns in the fight, and it was always a fair and clean bout with little work for referee Robert Verwijs. A decent-sized crowd seemed to enjoy the action, and promoter Abdelilah Rahilou can be satisfied with what was his first promotion outside of Morocco.
This was the seventh straight victory for Zakaria Attou, and winning the WBF International title gets him closer to a possible shot at newly-crowned WBF World Super Welterweight Champion, and fellow Frenchman, Sebastien Madani.
June 29, 2012