Heavyweight Nourreddine Meddoun out to show TV audience he packs a real punch
BRISTOL boxing promoter Chris Sanigar believes Moroccan heavyweight recruit Nourreddine Meddoun has a "puncher's chance" in tomorrow's latest Prizefighter event at London's York Hall.
Sanigar will be in Meddoun's corner when he bids to make a name for himself against seven hand-picked contestants in the Sky-televised International Heavyweights event in the capital.
And he sees no reason why the 28-year-old north African cannot extend a blistering record of four straight knockout victories. Since joining Sanigar's Bristol Boxing Gym stable two years ago, Meddoun has hammered Michal Skierniewski, Hastings Rasani, Florians Strupits and Fola Okesola to defeat inside the first round.
"Nourreddine definitely has a puncher's chance," declared Sanigar, who also manages former British and Commonwealth super-flyweight champion Lee Haskins.
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"He has only had five professional outings and is still learning, but he is extremely powerful and very exciting. If he connects right, then opponents tend to be in trouble.
"I think the Prizefighter format is ideally-suited to his style, because contestants tend to take risks from the first bell and leave themselves open."
Based in Swindon before moving to Bristol last month, Meddoun has an English wife and is applying for British citizenship. He completed his preparations with a sparring session against world title challenger Derek Chisora in London last week and acquitted himself well.
Sanigar revealed: "Nourreddine is obviously not at the same level as Chisora, but he did four rounds with him and came out quite well.
"He is still on the way up and learning the ropes but, if he wins Prizefighter, he will quickly move up to the next level.
"I first met him when he came to me and asked if I could help him get a licence to box in this country. He has potential and we have big hopes for him."
Maurice Harris, Brazilian knockout king Marcelo Luiz Nascimento, Tor Hamer and Tom Little are joined on the York Hall card by Kevin 'Kingpin' Johnson, Albert Sosnowski and Kent's Tom Dallas in the 25th edition of Matchroom Sport's eight-man, one-night tournament.
Former USBA champ 'sugar Moe' Harris grabbed the eighth and final spot in the tournament and joins fellow Americans Johnson and Hamer in a multi-nation line-up that packs a big punch.