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“Golden Boy” Donny Lalonde Graces WBF Convention

Boxing’s original ‘Golden Boy’, former world light heavyweight champion Donny Lalonde, has confirmed to be among the guests of what will hopefully be a star-studded line-up at the upcoming World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Convention in Saarbruecken, Germany from September 5 to 8.

“My mother’s parents are from Germany, therefore, I am looking forward very much to come to that country,” said Lalonde.

The Canadian, who these days lives in Costa Rica with his wife Christi, was a matinee idol in the 80ies and became champion in 1987, stopping Eddie Davis in two rounds. He made one successful defense against Leslie Stewart (TKO 5), before featuring in the sport’s first-ever fight for titles in two different weight division (for Lalonde’s light heavy and a vacant super middle title) when taking on legendary Sugar Ray Leonard in what was a million Dollar affair.

Lalonde put Leonard down in round four, but succumbed finally in the ninth round. In 2003, Donny Lalonde retired with a fine record of 41-5-1 with 33 knockout wins laying testimony to his huge punching power.

Also among the guest is Germany’s own Rola El Halabi, possibly one of the greatest comeback stories in boxing history. Rola was an undefeated champion, when in 2011 just prior to her entering the ring, her estranged stepfather forced his way into her dressing room and proceeded to shoot bullets into her hands, feet and knees before police could detain him.

It seemed to all and everyone that El Halabi’s promising career was over at just 26 years of age before even reaching a peak. However, with a steely determination, Rola refused to give up and cave in – and early this year, she was astonishingly back in the ring, contesting the WBF womens world lightweight crown. Despite coming short on the scorecards against a brilliant Lucia Morelli, Rola El Halabi staged an improbable comeback.

This coming August 3, she is lined up to fight for the WBF womens world light welterweight title given up by Holly Holm and it is not unlikely, Rola will be a world champion again at the time of the WBF Convention, where she intends to also talk about her book, which describes the trials and tribulations she has been through.

“It’s absolutely wonderful to see a great champion like Donny Lalonde and an outstanding fighter like Rola El Halabi coming to grace our convention,” said World Boxing Federation president Howard Goldberg, “and we are sure that many more champions will be on hand, making this an unforgettable event!”.

To register for the WBF World Convention, the highlight of which is a huge WBF Championship Boxing event on the Saturday night, simply print out the registration form ( and email it to Registration fee (300,00 € for a single room, 550,00 € for a double room) includes hotel for three nights, full board, admission to all convention events including the boxing night as well as all local transfers.

Boxer Ibrahim Mostafa “THE BUTCHER” in many boxing poses

International Boxing Federation Africa (IBF/AFRICA) – THURSDAY 20, 2013, DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA – Egyptian Mostafa Ibrahim Ahmed better known as “The Butcher” will descend at the Windhoek Kutoka International Airport ready to tangle with the Africa, Middle East & Persian Gulf Featherweight King, Namibian Gottlieb Ndokosho for their impending rumble on June 29, 2013.

It can now be reveled that “The Butcher” accompanied by his trainer Richard Nwoba Anyisor has attracted a large entourage of Egyptian boxing fans most of whom will go to Namibia on the chartered planes. The Egyptians community in Namibia, has invited their Diasporas in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Angola to go to Windhoek to support “The Butcher”. Similarly, Namibians in thousands have been sending money from remote villages to buy tickets for this rumble in support for “The King” Gottlieb Ndokosho respectively.

It goes without saying that this impending rumble has attracted large numbers of boxing enthusiasts and for those who cannot find tickets would have to settle to watch it through the Namibian Stare Television “Live”.

“The King” Gottlieb Ndokosho won the title in September 2012 after dispatching the Tanzanian “Journeyman” slugger Rajabu Maoja 1.50 minutes inside as one of the shortest KO in history! He has the record of knocking out his opponents and most Namibian always jams the venues early so as not to miss his fiercest opening punches! “King” Gottlieb Ndokosho will go in the ring with a record of 12(3)-3(1)-0 against 13(6)-4(2)-2 of Ibrahim Mostafa “The Butcher”.

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