Ahmad Kaddour

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Ahmad Kaddour
Statistics
Real name Ahmad Sam Kaddour
Nickname(s) Babyface
Rated at Middleweight
Height 6ft (183cm)
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
Nationality Denmark Danish
Born (1982-01-01) January 1, 1982 (age 32)
Lebanon Tripoli, Lebanon
Boxing record
Total fights 30
Wins 27
Wins by KO 10
Losses 2
Draws 1

Ahmad "Babyface" Kaddour (born January 1, 1982, Lebanon) is a professional boxer.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Tripoli, Lebanon, Kaddour's parents fled the 1982 Lebanon War and Ahmad grew up in Denmark where he got his start in boxing. He has moved back and forth between Europe and the United States since 2003, can speak Danish, Arabic, German, English, and French, and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering.[1]

Professional Boxing Career[edit]

The Beginning[edit]

After winning the Danish National Amateur Championship in 2000,[2] and his 2nd Nordic Amateur Championship (1999 and 2000),[3] and lots of international amateur experience (Dual in England,[4] Finland, Dual in Sweden,[5] Home dual v Sweden,[6] Germany), Kaddour turned pro. Kaddour started his career in Europe, fighting in Denmark, Wales, Hungary, Finland, Italy and Germany including a fight against Alessio Furlan at Braunschweig, Germany. The fight went the full distance with Kaddour winning narrowly on points to inflict Furlan with the first defeat of his professional career. Soon after Kaddour moved to the United States to further his career.

USA and "The Contender" Series[edit]

In 2003-2004, Kaddour fought 4 out of 5 fights in the USA, the other in Germany, against opponents with winning records and won 3 of the 4 USA fights by stoppage, and was very confident at 18-0 when selected to participate on the reality TV show The Contender, broadcast worldwide, and was placed on the East Coast team. While on the team, he got involved in a feud with Ishe Smith[7] early on and they fought in the 3rd match. At the time Smith was world ranked by all 4 sanctioning organizations and held the USBA, the NABO, and the WBC Continental Americas titles. Kaddour gunned for an early KO but Smith weathered the storm and won by unanimous decision, calling it a "tough fight" afterwards. Kaddour was voted back[8] into the quarterfinals after Juan de la Rosa pulled out - a tactic by Jesse Brinkley, Anthony Bonsante, Peter Manfredo, and Joey Gilbert designed to get under Smith's skin. The week after Smith lost a split decision to eventual Contender and WBC champion Sergio Mora, Ahmad was matched with Alfonso Gomez (who went on after the show to challenge for the WBA 147 lb and WBC 154 lb titles) by the same boxers who brought Kaddour back, with the hope that the two tough fighters would battle hard and the winner would be less ready for the semi-finals. Kaddour beat Gomez's face badly (Gomez pointed to his face in a post fight interview saying this was his sacrifice) and came away relatively unscathed himself, even knocking Gomez backwards in the 4th, and buckling Gomez's legs and sending him 3 steps back into the ropes in the last round, but Gomez was busier overall and Kaddour lost by 1 round on 1 card and 3 rounds on the other 2 cards. Kaddour claimed that he would be back and wished Alfonso the best.

The first of the Contender contestants to fight again after the show's finale, Kaddour dominated through an 8-round unanimous decision against Maxell Taylor on July 22, 2005 on Showtime's Shobox.[9] Months later he fought Jesus Felipe Valverde to a draw due to a recurring stamina problem. Two of the judges scored the fight even and the third had Kaddour winning by two rounds. Two months after this, in November 2006, Ahmad had a rematch against Valverde, which he won by split decision on Versus. Valverde, who had gone the distance with future world titlists Carlos Quintana, Kermit Cintron, and Yuri Foreman, as well as other top competition, was the busier fighter, but Kaddour was the more effective puncher. After the fight during an on camera interview when asked about his stamina in the final rounds, Kaddour explained that he had to drop weight from 192 lbs to 148 lbs, and that he had been born premature which might effect one of his lungs, and the combination may have taken away from his work rate.

Ahmad's fiance on the Contender series was Brandy Collins, an American who sponsored him for a fiance visa. They were married after the Contender and had a son in 2006. Brandy later told him to leave their home in Houston. According to BoxingScene.com and a Houston Tribune article, Ahmad entered the home (still registered in both their names) without her permission in June 2007 and was charged with burglary. He pled guilty to Class A Misdemeanor trespassing and was sentenced to 180 days in Harris County Jail in downtown Houston and Brandy withdrew her sponsorship of him with the INS, causing Kaddour to be transferred to immigration agents and deported to Denmark upon his release from federal custody in December 2007, and Collins obtained a divorce. Kaddour also reportedly had problems breathing through his nose and had surgery.

The Comeback[edit]

After an almost 3 year hiatus from boxing working a steady job, Kaddour appeared on the undercard of Danish Super middleweight Mikkel Kessler's defense of the WBA title at the Messecenter Herning, Denmark, September 12, 2009, winning a unanimous decision over the tough German, Mike Ermis. He returned to the United States and beat Jerome Ellis by unanimous decision on March 26, 2010, then back to Denmark where on February 11, 2011 he beat Lee Noble on Denmark's TV2 "Fight Night". Kaddour trained with Greg Coverson at the "Detroit Boxing Jungle" before scoring a 5th round TKO over Vance Garvey at the Motor City Casino on October 6. His next 3 fights were for Sauerland Events[10] on Viasat's Nordic Fight Night series, with 2012 decisions over Britain's Gary Boulden and Max Maxwell and a September 2013 unanimous decision over Estonia's Aleksei Tsatiasvili. He is back training in Brian Mathiasen's gym, where he was guided through the early part of his pro career, and Mathiasen said his primary focus is getting Kaddour in the best physical condition of his career, as conditioning has consistently been Kaddour's biggest challenge.

Future Plans[edit]

In August 2012 World Boxing News spoke with both Ishe Smith and Alfonso Gomez about possible rematches with Kaddour, giving him the opportunity to avenge his only 2 losses. Smith ruled a rematch out in the immediate future[11] as he was still trying to attain his first world title shot through Golden Boy Promotions (since won a majority decision over The Contender 2 bronze medalist Cornelius Bundrage for the IBF 154 lb title 2/23/13), but Gomez expressed interest and promised to "beat him worse this time".[12] February 2013, Kaddour stated he holds no ill will toward Smith from their Contender days despite the taunting that led to their old rivalry, but he still very much wants a rematch with Smith.[13] In August 2013, Smith said "Beating Ahmed was right up there" with his best fights before winning the IBF title.[14]

Professional boxing record[edit]

27 Wins (10 knockouts, 16 decisions), 2 Losses ( 2 by decision), 1 Draw [15]
Res. Opponent Opp Rec Type Rd Date Location Notes
Win Estonia Aleksei Tsatiasvili 4-4 UD 6 2013-09-7 Denmark Arena Nord, Frederikshavn, Denmark 59-55, 60-54, 58-56 video[16] on Viasat Nordic Fight Night
Win United Kingdom Max Maxwell 16-11-3 UD 8 2012-09-22 Denmark Arean Nord, Frederikshavn, Denmark 77-75, 77-75, 77-75 on Viasat Nordic Fight Night
Win United Kingdom Gary Boulden 6-3-2 MD 8 2012-06-02 Denmark Herning Kongrescenter, Herning, Denmark 79-73, 78-74, 76-76 on Viasat Nordic Fight Night
Win United States Vance Garvey 8-34-6 TKO 5 (8) 2011-10-06 United States Motor City Casino, Detroit, Michigan, United States video[17] garvey down in 2nd, right eye closed
Win United KingdomLee Noble 12-16-2 UD 6 2011-02-12 Denmark Herning Kongrescenter, Herning, Denmark 60-51, 60-54, 60-54 video[18] on TV 2 (Denmark)
Win The BahamasJerome Ellis 12-10-2 UD 8 2010-03-27 United States Hamilton Manor, Hamilton Township, New Jersey, United States 79-73, 79-73, 80-72 video[19]
Win Germany Cagri Ermis 6-7-2 UD 6 2009-09-12 Denmark Messecenter Herning, Herning, Denmark 60-54, 59-55, 58-57 video[20] after 2 year 10 month layoff
Win MexicoJesus Felipe Valverde 21-12-1 SD 8 2006-11-02 United States Chevrolet Centre, Youngstown, Ohio, United States 77-75, 77-75, 75-77 on Versus
Draw MexicoJesus Felipe Valverde 21-12 Draw 8 2006-09-14 United States Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 78-74, 76-76, 76-76
Win United StatesMaxell Taylor 12-1 UD 8 2005-07-22 United States Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, United States 79-73, 78-74, 80-72 on Shobox
Loss Mexico Alfonso Gomez 11-2-1 UD 5 2004-09-15 United States Pasadena, California, United States video[21] on NBC's The Contender (TV series)
Loss United States Ishe Smith 14-0 UD 5 2004-08-24 United States Pasadena, California, United States video [22] on NBC's The Contender (TV series)
Win United StatesFontaine Cabell 22-4-1 TKO 1 (10) 2004-07-17 United States Baysox Stadium, Bowie, Maryland, United States
Win MexicoJuan Carlos Garcia 7-2 KO 4 (8) 2004-04-24 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States garcia down in 1 & 4, stopped before start of 5th
Win HungaryLorant Szabo 20-14 UD 6 2003-12-20 Germany Ostseehalle, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany video[23]
Win United StatesLeo Edwards 14-12-2 KO 1 (8) 2003-10-23 United States Princess Chateau, Lodi, New Jersey, United States video[24] on CSI Sports
Win Dominican RepublicWilmer Mejia 13-3-2 MD 8 2003-09-25 United States Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland, United States 77-74, 77-75, 76-76 video[25] on Fight Network
Win FranceAlban Mothie 9-7-1 MD 6 2002-11-16 Finland Baltic Hall, Mariehamn, Finland 59-56, 58-58, 60-55
Win FranceLouis Mimoune 14-16 TKO 3 (6) 2002-06-15 Italy Gubbio, Umbria, Italy
Win FranceCyril Terrones 21-14-1 UD 6 2002-04-06 Denmark Circus Building, Copenhagen, Denmark 58-55, 59-55, 59-54
Win ItalyFrancesco Cioffi 9-23-8 KO 2 (6) 2002-02-23 Denmark Skive Hallerne, Skive, Denmark
Win ItalyAlessio Furlan 3-0-2 UD 6 2002-02-08 Germany Volkswagen Halle, Braunschweig, Niedersachsen, Germany video[26]
Win FranceRachid Ouafi 3-0 KO 2 (6) 2001-11-24 Denmark Vejen Idraetscenter, Vejen, Denmark
Win FranceMichel Ventura 5-6-1 KO 6 2001-11-03 Germany Hansehalle, Luebeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Win MoroccoHamit Riahi 8-21-1 TKO 1 2001-10-07 Germany Universum Gym, Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
Win RomaniaFlorin Oanea 4-11-3 UD 6 2001-06-08 Hungary Imperial Gym, Budapest, Hungary
Win United KingdomDavid White 0-4-1 UD 4 2001-04-28 United Kingdom International Arena, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom ref scores 39-36
Win SpainAntonio Postigo 2-7-1 UD 4 2001-02-04 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Win GermanyAbdelilah Benabbou 0-0-1 KO 1 2001-02-10 Germany Estrel Convention Center, Neukoelln, Berlin, Germany
Win HungaryAttila Kiss 0-2 UD 4 2000-010-07 Germany Estrel Convention Center, Neukoelln, Berlin, Germany Ahmad's professional debut.

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