Amel Dehby makes victorious comeback
Battle of Saint-Raphael 5 was the eight-fight bill produced on Saturday September 9 live on Canal Plus Sport. The event promoted by Badri Rouabhia featured the A-list French fighters up against international opponents. Four World Kickboxing Network European titles were challenged on the night. In addition, the event marked a return of famed Amel Dehby.
In the main event French Jocelyn Branchu stopped his Ukrainian opponent Igor Osinin in the fifth round. As a result he became a new WKN European super lightweight champion.
In the co-main event Maltese Keith Azzopardi caused an upset. Scoring a decision against the representative of the country-host Mathias Branchu, he claimed WKN European lightweight belt.
Also on the night, super lightweight Hakim Ketaieb KO’d Czech Frantisek Adam in the second round, consequently becoming WKN European champion in oriental kickboxing. As well, Mallaury Kalachnikoff took a decision against Czech Tereza Dvorakova, winning WKN European women’s lightweight strap.
Amel Dehby made her highly anticipated return facing off “Karate Queen” out of Northern Ireland Cathy McAleer. The latter took the fight on a short notice, replacing German Meryem Uslu. The women’s bantamweight battle went the distance, with French fighter taking the win.
Battle of Saint-Raphael 5 results
Super lightweight Jocelin Branchu def. Igor Osinin via fifth-round KO – WKN title
Lightweight Keith Azzopardi def. Mathias Branchu via decision – WKN title
Super lightweight Hakim Ketaieb def. Frantisek Adam via second-round KO WKN title
Lightweight Mallaury Kalachnikoff def. Tereza Dvorakova via decision – WKN title
Middleweight Thibault Vedel def. Shaun Falzon via decision
Welterweight Bruce Codron def. Jan Naus via decision
Bantamweight Amel Dehby def. Cathy McAleer via decision
Middleweight Yazid Boussaha def. Salamou Dzamalkhanov via decision