Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam
|Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
18 February 1984 |
|Wins by KO||21|
Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (born 18 February 1984) is a Cameroonian-French professional boxer. He is a two-time WBA interim middleweight champion currently in his second reign since 2016, having previously held the title from 2010 to 2012, as well as the WBO middleweight title in 2012. As of December 2016, N'Dam N'Jikam is ranked as the world's fifth best middleweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, seventh by BoxRec, and eighth by The Ring magazine.
Early life and amateur career
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.
At the 2016 Olympics, professional boxers were permitted to compete at the Olympics for the first ever time. As one of few professionals who entered, N'dam N'Jikam 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.
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 (UD) over Avtandil Khurtsidze. One defence of the title was made on 2 April 2011, which was a UD against Giovanni Lorenzo. 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.
On 4 May 2012, having vacated the WBA title, N'Dam N'Jikam won the vacant WBO interim middleweight title via UD against Max Bursak. 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. 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 UD loss to Peter Quillin. 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 lost a UD.
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.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|37 fights||35 wins||2 losses|
|37||Win||35–2||Alfonso Blanco||KO||1 (12), 0:22||17 Dec 2016||Stade de l'Est, Saint-Denis, France||Won WBA interim middleweight title|
|36||Win||34–2||Tomasz Gargula||TKO||7 (8)||30 Jul 2016||La Palestre, Le Cannet, France|
|35||Win||33–2||Robert Świerzbinski||TKO||2 (8)||27 May 2016||Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France|
|34||Win||32–2||Patrick Mendy||UD||8||12 Mar 2016||Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, France|
|33||Loss||31–2||David Lemieux||UD||12||20 Jun 2015||Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||For vacant IBF middleweight title|
|32||Win||31–1||Curtis Stevens||UD||12||1 Oct 2014||Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California, US|
|31||Win||30–1||Fulgencio Zúñiga||UD||10||16 Apr 2014||Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California, US|
|30||Win||29–1||Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo||TKO||4 (10), 1:32||15 Feb 2014||National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland|
|29||Win||28–1||Anthony Fitzgerald||UD||10||14 Dec 2013||Pavelló de la Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona, Spain|
|28||Loss||27–1||Peter Quillin||UD||12||20 Oct 2012||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US||Lost WBO middleweight title|
|27||Win||27–0||Max Bursak||UD||12||4 May 2012||Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, France||Won vacant WBO interim middleweight title|
|26||Win||26–0||Giovanni Lorenzo||UD||12||2 Apr 2011||La Palestre, Le Cannet, France||Retained WBA interim middleweight title|
|25||Win||25–0||Avtandil Khurtsidze||UD||12||30 Oct 2010||Palais des Sports, Paris, France||Won vacant WBA interim middleweight title|
|24||Win||24–0||Omar Gabriel Weis||KO||8 (12)||12 Jun 2010||Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marrakech, Morocco||Won WBA International middleweight title|
|23||Win||23–0||Cagri Ermis||TKO||10 (10)||10 Dec 2009||La Palestre, Le Cannet, France|
|22||Win||22–0||Sergio Jose Sanders||TKO||6 (10)||10 Dec 2009||Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France|
|21||Win||21–0||Jefferson Gonçalo||UD||10||24 Oct 2009||La Palestre, Le Cannet, France|
|20||Win||20–0||Gennady Martirosyan||KO||10 (10)||27 Jun 2009||La Palestre, Le Cannet, France|
|19||Win||19–0||Michael Monaghan||TKO||7 (8)||28 May 2009||Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France|
|18||Win||18–0||Samir Santos Barbosa||TKO||4 (10)||5 Mar 2009||Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France|
|17||Win||17–0||Affif Belghecham||UD||10||11 Dec 2008||Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France|
|16||Win||16–0||Woulid Guarras||KO||5 (10)||18 Sep 2008||Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France|
|15||Win||15–0||Mehdi Amar||UD||8||15 May 2008||Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France|
|14||Win||14–0||Eugen Stan||PTS||8||17 Apr 2008||Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France|
|13||Win||13–0||Mounir Sahli||RTD||3 (6)||21 Feb 2008||Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France|
|12||Win||12–0||Kamel Belhachemi||KO||1 (6)||24 Jan 2008||Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France|
|11||Win||11–0||Mike Algoet||UD||6||8 Dec 2007||La Palestre, Le Cannet, France|
|10||Win||10–0||Ali Benchabla||TKO||3 (6)||27 Oct 2007||Centre des Congrès des Vieilles-Forges, Les Mazures, France|
|9||Win||9–0||Mike Algoet||UD||6||29 Jun 2007||Palais des Sports, Marseille, France|
|8||Win||8–0||Malkaz Berkatsashvili||RTD||5 (8)||6 Apr 2007||Gymnase Maurice Baquet, Pantin, France|
|7||Win||7–0||Vepkhia Tchilaia||TKO||5 (6)||24 Mar 2007||Palais des Sports, Tours, France|
|6||Win||6–0||Zied Sassi||TKO||2 (6)||17 Jun 2006||Palais des Sports, Bondy, France|
|5||Win||5–0||Pavel Florin Madalin||KO||2 (8)||24 Feb 2006||Centre sportif, Pétange, Luxembourg|
|4||Win||4–0||Adrian Cerneaga||TKO||3 (8)||31 Oct 2005||Centre sportif, Pétange, Luxembourg|
|3||Win||3–0||Lubo Hantak||TKO||2 (4)||25 Jun 2005||Gymnase Georges Buffenoir, Rivery, France|
|2||Win||2–0||Didier Nkuku Mupeko||PTS||8||4 Feb 2005||Châteauroux, France|
|1||Win||1–0||Alexis Culit||TKO||3 (6)||4 Dec 2004||Tours, France||Professional debut|
- "Rankings". Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
- "Boxer Ratings". BoxRec. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
- "Ratings". The Ring. 26 October 2016. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
- Fischer, Doug (15 February 2014). "Q&A: Hassan N'dam N'Jikam". The Ring. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
- Associated Press (7 August 2016). "Pro trip: Hassan N'Dam loses opening fight at Rio Olympics". Daily Mail. DMG Media. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
- LaBate, Chris (30 October 2010). "N'Jikam Decisions Khurtsidze, Wins WBA Interim Title". BoxingScene. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
- "Lorenzo Protests Decision Loss To Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam". BoxingScene. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
- Donovan, Jake (4 May 2012). "Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam Tops Max Bursak, Wins Interim Title" BoxingScene. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
- Stangrit, Gregory (3 September 2012). "Dmitry Pirog Not Surprised WBO Took Away His Title". BoxingScene. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
- "Peter Quillin beat Hassan N'Dam to become WBO middleweight champion". Sky Sports. Sky. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
- Fischer, Doug (21 June 2015). "David Lemieux outslugs Hassan N'Dam to earn IBF middleweight title". The Ring. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
- Ecksel, Robert (17 December 2016). "Hassan N'Dam KOs Blanco in 22 Seconds". WBA. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byMahir Oral
|WBA International middleweight champion
12 June 2010 – 30 October 2010
Won interim world title
Title next held byMehdi Bouadla
|World boxing titles|
Title last held byGennady Golovkin
|WBA middleweight champion
30 October 2010 – February 2012
Title next held byMartin Murray
Title last held byHéctor Javier Velazco
|WBO middleweight champion
4 May 2012 – 25 August 2012
|WBO middleweight champion
25 August 2012 – 20 October 2012
|WBA middleweight champion
7 December 2016 – present
KO3 James Kirkland
|ESPN Knockout of the Year
KO1 Alfonso Blanco