Known as "Kounet", Sahnoune turned pro in 1997 and challenged WBA Light Heavyweight Title holder Bruno Girard in 2003, winning the belt by TKO. He lost the belt in his first defense to Silvio Branco later that year. In 2005 he got another shot at a major belt, the WBO Light Heavyweight Title, against Zsolt Erdei, but he lost via TKO in the 12th round.
- "Le boxeur Mehdi Sahnoune condamné à un an de prison" [Boxer Mehdi Sahnoune is sentenced to one year in prison]. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2008.
|WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
8 March 2003 – 10 October 2003
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