Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam

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Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam
Statistics
Weight(s)Middleweight
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Nationality
  • Cameroonian
  • French
Born (1984-02-18) 18 February 1984 (age 34)
Cameroon
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights39
Wins36
Wins by KO21
Losses3

Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (born 18 February 1984) is a Cameroonian-French professional boxer. He is a two-time middleweight world champion, having held the WBO title in 2012 and the WBA (Regular) title in 2017. As of October 2018, N'Dam N'Jikam is ranked as the world's tenth best middleweight by The Ring magazine.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

N'dam N'Jikam won a silver medal in the middleweight division at the 2003 All-Africa Games, losing to Ramadan Yasser of Egypt in the final. N'dam N'jikam also represented Cameroon in the middleweight bracket at the 2004 Olympics, defeating Juan Ubaldo of the Dominican Republic and Andy Lee of Ireland on close countback decisions, but losing in the quarter-finals to eventual gold medallist Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov of Russia. Following the Olympics, and having no means of boxing professionally in his native Cameroon, N'dam N'Jikam moved to France due to the shared language.[2]

At the 2016 Olympics, professional boxers were permitted to compete at the Olympics for the first ever time. As one of the few professionals who entered, N'dam N'Jikam once again represented Cameroon and qualified for the light-heavyweight bracket, but lost in the first round to Michel Borges of Brazil. This was seen as a surprise to many boxing observers, who predicted that amateurs would not fare well against experienced professionals.[3]

Professional career[edit]

N'Dam N'Jikam made his professional debut on 4 December 2004, scoring a third-round stoppage against Alexis Culit. On 30 October 2010, having fought mainly in his adoptive France, N'Dam N'Jikam won the vacant WBA interim middleweight title with a close unanimous decision (117-111, 115-114, 115-114) over Avtandil Khurtsidze at the Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan.[4]

N'Dam N'Jikam's only defense of his title was made on 2 April 2011 against Giovanni Lorenzo. He won a wide unanimous decision (119-109, 119-110, 116-111) However, major controversy arose during the fight when N'Dam N'Jikam was knocked out of the ring by a series of punches from Lorenzo in round five. A WBA official then helped N'Dam N'Jikam back into the ring, which was against the sanctioning body's rules. Lorenzo's team later argued that this should have been grounds for immediate disqualification, as well as disputing the overly wide scorecards.[5] N'Dam

A purse bid was ordered between N'Dam N'Jikam and WBA (Regular) champion Gennady Golovkin. The purse bid was scheduled for 2 February 2012.[6] However, days before the purse bid N'Dam N'Jikam vacated his title rather than face Golovkin. [7]

On 4 May 2012, N'Dam N'Jikam won the vacant WBO interim middleweight title via unanimous deicision against Max Bursak.[8] He was later promoted to full world champion status on 25 August, after Dmitry Pirog was stripped of the title for choosing to fight Gennady Golovkin instead of mandatory challenger N'Dam N'Jikam.[9] In his first world title defence on 20 October, as well as his first fight in the United States, N'Dam N'Jikam suffered six knockdowns en route to a unanimous decision loss (107-115, 107-115, 107-115) to Peter Quillin.[10]

N'Dam won an IBF title eliminator over Curtis Stevens with a unanimous decision (119-108, 116-111, 116-111). Stevens was knocked down in round 8.[11] A second opportunity to become world champion came on 20 June 2015, against David Lemieux for the vacant IBF middleweight title. In an action-packed slugfest, N'Dam N'Jikam again endured multiple knockdowns—four in total—but managed to go the distance to lose on the cards (109-115, 109-115, 110-114).[12]

2016 saw N'Dam N'Jikam reel off four consecutive victories, with a brief pause in August to compete in the 2016 Olympics. On 17 December, he emphatically re-entered the world title scene by becoming WBA interim middleweight champion for a second time, following a brutal one-punch knockout of Alfonso Blanco in only 22 seconds of the first round.[13]

N'Dam N'Jikam then won the full (Regular) title with a controversial split decision (116-111, 115-112, 110-117) win over Ryōta Murata on 27 May 2017. N'Dam N'Jikam was knocked down in round 4 but survived and got the decision. When the result was announced, the crowd at Ariake Colosseum jeered.[14] The two judges who scored the fight for N'Dam N'Jikam were immediately suspended and WBA president Gilberto Mendoza issued a public apology.[15] A rematch was immediately ordered by the WBA,[16] and scheduled for 22 October.[17]

On 22 October, Murata decisively beat N'Dam N'Jikam, who threw in the towel after round 7. Murata's body attack wore his opponent down, he was also able to hurt him with a series of combinations. The fight was attended by 8,500 people at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan. This was N'Dam N'Jikam's first stoppage loss.[18]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
39 fights 36 wins 3 losses
By knockout 21 1
By decision 15 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
39 Loss 36–3 Japan Ryōta Murata RTD 7 (12), 3:00 22 Oct 2017 Japan Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan Lost WBA (Regular) middleweight title
38 Win 36–2 Japan Ryōta Murata SD 12 20 May 2017 Japan Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan Won vacant WBA (Regular) middleweight title
37 Win 35–2 Venezuela Alfonso Blanco KO 1 (12), 0:22 17 Dec 2016 France Stade de l'Est, Saint-Denis, France Won WBA interim middleweight title
36 Win 34–2 Poland Tomasz Gargula TKO 7 (8) 30 Jul 2016 France La Palestre, Le Cannet, France
35 Win 33–2 Poland Robert Świerzbinski TKO 2 (8) 27 May 2016 France Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France
34 Win 32–2 United Kingdom Patrick Mendy UD 8 12 Mar 2016 France Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, France
33 Loss 31–2 Canada David Lemieux UD 12 20 Jun 2015 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada For vacant IBF middleweight title
32 Win 31–1 United States Curtis Stevens UD 12 1 Oct 2014 United States Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California, US
31 Win 30–1 Colombia Fulgencio Zúñiga UD 10 16 Apr 2014 United States Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California, US
30 Win 29–1 Argentina Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo TKO 4 (10), 1:32 15 Feb 2014 Republic of Ireland National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
29 Win 28–1 Republic of Ireland Anthony Fitzgerald UD 10 14 Dec 2013 Spain Pavelló de la Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona, Spain
28 Loss 27–1 United States Peter Quillin UD 12 20 Oct 2012 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US Lost WBO middleweight title
27 Win 27–0 Ukraine Max Bursak UD 12 4 May 2012 France Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, France Won vacant WBO interim middleweight title
26 Win 26–0 Dominican Republic Giovanni Lorenzo UD 12 2 Apr 2011 France La Palestre, Le Cannet, France Retained WBA interim middleweight title
25 Win 25–0 Georgia (country) Avtandil Khurtsidze UD 12 30 Oct 2010 France Palais des Sports, Paris, France Won vacant WBA interim middleweight title
24 Win 24–0 Argentina Omar Gabriel Weis KO 8 (12) 12 Jun 2010 Morocco Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marrakech, Morocco Won WBA International middleweight title
23 Win 23–0 Germany Cagri Ermis TKO 10 (10) 10 Dec 2009 France La Palestre, Le Cannet, France
22 Win 22–0 Argentina Sergio Jose Sanders TKO 6 (10) 10 Dec 2009 France Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France
21 Win 21–0 Brazil Jefferson Gonçalo UD 10 24 Oct 2009 France La Palestre, Le Cannet, France
20 Win 20–0 Armenia Gennady Martirosyan KO 10 (10) 27 Jun 2009 France La Palestre, Le Cannet, France
19 Win 19–0 United Kingdom Michael Monaghan TKO 7 (8) 28 May 2009 France Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France
18 Win 18–0 Brazil Samir Santos Barbosa TKO 4 (10) 5 Mar 2009 France Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France
17 Win 17–0 France Affif Belghecham UD 10 11 Dec 2008 France Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France
16 Win 16–0 France Woulid Guarras KO 5 (10) 18 Sep 2008 France Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France
15 Win 15–0 France Mehdi Amar UD 8 15 May 2008 France Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France
14 Win 14–0 Romania Eugen Stan PTS 8 17 Apr 2008 France Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France
13 Win 13–0 France Mounir Sahli RTD 3 (6) 21 Feb 2008 France Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France
12 Win 12–0 France Kamel Belhachemi KO 1 (6) 24 Jan 2008 France Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France
11 Win 11–0 Belgium Mike Algoet UD 6 8 Dec 2007 France La Palestre, Le Cannet, France
10 Win 10–0 Algeria Ali Benchabla TKO 3 (6) 27 Oct 2007 France Centre des Congrès des Vieilles-Forges, Les Mazures, France
9 Win 9–0 Belgium Mike Algoet UD 6 29 Jun 2007 France Palais des Sports, Marseille, France
8 Win 8–0 Georgia (country) Malkaz Berkatsashvili RTD 5 (8) 6 Apr 2007 France Gymnase Maurice Baquet, Pantin, France
7 Win 7–0 Georgia (country) Vepkhia Tchilaia TKO 5 (6) 24 Mar 2007 France Palais des Sports, Tours, France
6 Win 6–0 Belgium Zied Sassi TKO 2 (6) 17 Jun 2006 France Palais des Sports, Bondy, France
5 Win 5–0 Romania Pavel Florin Madalin KO 2 (8) 24 Feb 2006 Luxembourg Centre sportif, Pétange, Luxembourg
4 Win 4–0 Romania Adrian Cerneaga TKO 3 (8) 31 Oct 2005 Luxembourg Centre sportif, Pétange, Luxembourg
3 Win 3–0 Slovakia Lubo Hantak TKO 2 (4) 25 Jun 2005 France Gymnase Georges Buffenoir, Rivery, France
2 Win 2–0 Angola Didier Nkuku Mupeko PTS 8 4 Feb 2005 France Châteauroux, France
1 Win 1–0 France Alexis Culit TKO 3 (6) 4 Dec 2004 France Tours, France

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ratings". The Ring. 23 September 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  2. ^ Fischer, Doug (15 February 2014). "Q&A: Hassan N'dam N'Jikam". The Ring. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  3. ^ Associated Press (7 August 2016). "Pro trip: Hassan N'Dam loses opening fight at Rio Olympics". Daily Mail. DMG Media. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  4. ^ LaBate, Chris (30 October 2010). "N'Jikam Decisions Khurtsidze, Wins WBA Interim Title". BoxingScene. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Lorenzo Protests Decision Loss To Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam". BoxingScene. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  6. ^ http://theboxingtribune.com/2012/01/26/gennady-golovkin-hassan-ndam-njikam-ordered-by-wba-purse-bid-on-february-2/
  7. ^ http://www.boxingscene.com/golovkins-manager-njikam-refused-fight-gennady--49185
  8. ^ Donovan, Jake (4 May 2012). "Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam Tops Max Bursak, Wins Interim Title" BoxingScene. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  9. ^ Stangrit, Gregory (3 September 2012). "Dmitry Pirog Not Surprised WBO Took Away His Title". BoxingScene. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Peter Quillin beat Hassan N'Dam to become WBO middleweight champion". Sky Sports. Sky. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  11. ^ http://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/11626550/hassan-ndam-wins-unanimous-decision-curtis-stevens
  12. ^ Fischer, Doug (21 June 2015). "David Lemieux outslugs Hassan N'Dam to earn IBF middleweight title". The Ring. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  13. ^ Ecksel, Robert (17 December 2016). "Hassan N'Dam KOs Blanco in 22 Seconds". WBA. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  14. ^ http://www.espn.co.uk/boxing/story/_/id/19426568/hassan-ndam-defeats-ryota-murata-split-decision
  15. ^ http://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/19470851/judges-hassan-ndam-ryota-murata-fight-suspended-questionable-scorecards
  16. ^ "Boxing-WBA order rematch of N'Dam-Murata title fight". Eurosport. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  17. ^ "Ryota Murata vs. Hassan N'Dam Rematch on October 22". 3 August 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  18. ^ https://www.badlefthook.com/2017/10/22/16518520/ryota-murata-stops-hassan-ndam-in-rematch

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Mahir Oral
WBA International
middleweight champion

12 June 2010 – 30 October 2010
Won interim world title
Vacant
Title next held by
Mehdi Bouadla
World boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Gennady Golovkin
WBA middleweight champion
Interim title

30 October 2010 – February 2012
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Martin Murray
Vacant
Title last held by
Héctor Javier Velazco
WBO middleweight champion
Interim title

4 May 2012 – 25 August 2012
Promoted
Vacant
Title next held by
Avtandil Khurtsidze
Preceded by
Dmitry Pirog
stripped
WBO middleweight champion
25 August 2012 – 20 October 2012
Succeeded by
Peter Quillin
Preceded by
Alfonso Blanco
WBA middleweight champion
Interim title

7 December 2016 – 20 May 2017
Won full title
Vacant
Vacant
Title last held by
Daniel Jacobs
WBA middleweight champion
Regular title

20 May 2017 – 22 October 2017
Succeeded by
Ryōta Murata
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