Michel and Benchabla seek great German success in their Light Heavyweight bout30 July 2015
An excellent AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Cycle I Round 2 main event will emanate from Hamburg, Germany on Thursday night where Serge Michel (GER) fights Abdelhafid Benchabla (ALG) in a crunch Light Heavyweight (81 kg) clash.
Known as the Bavarian Sniper, Michel has won three of his four matches in APB, including a brace of recent spectacular victories over the talented Oybek Mamazulunov (UZB).
The 26-year-old has looked sensational in this competition, and uses his strong frame to unsettle opponents and create openings.
Economical movement and punch output allows the German star to ensure that no action is wasted in the ring, and he will enjoy the home support in his native Germany.
He also holds a significant past victory over his Thursday night opponent, after he defeated Benchabla in a brilliant five round World Series of Boxing (WSB) contest three years ago.
Their rematch will take place over eight rounds, a distance Michel has never completed in his career, but one Benchabla performed well at in his APB debut last month.
Although the 28-year-old Algerian lost to European Champion Nikita Ivanov (RUS) by split decision, he impressed many onlookers with his terrific work ethic, and will feel confident that he can outperform Michel in the closing rounds of their match.
Benchabla enjoyed a very successful career in WSB where he became one of the best Light Heavyweights in the early seasons of that competition, while he has also competed twice at the Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012.
The six foot fighter was formerly the number one ranked Light Heavyweight in AIBA Open Boxing (AOB), and reached that milestone by attacking with fluid combinations.
He also carries power in both hands, which he will attempt to detonate frequently on his charismatic opponent.
A second Light Heavyweight match will feature on the undercard, as Dzemal Bosnjak (BIH) and Alexandru Machedon (ROM) compete in a six round exhibition.
- Dzemal BOSNJAK (BIH) vs Alexandru MACHEDON (ROM)
- Serge MICHEL (GER) vs Abdelhafid BENCHABLA (ALG)