Sofiane Oumiha juggles between the amateur and professional worlds and it succeeds her. The Frenchman (28 years old, 1.78 m) has signed for two fights in the pros between now and December, he won the first this Saturday in Monaco. With this sixth-round sponge victory against Argentina's Nicolas Ariel Blanco, the Toulouse native has raised his record to four wins - including three before the limit - in the professional ring. This new success gave him the WBA-Continental lightweight belt.
The Toulousain will look to maintain their invincibility in December. Before switching back to amateur boxing. Already a three-time amateur world champion, Oumiha added the gold of the European Games in -63.5 kg to her list last July. He took the opportunity to get his ticket to the Olympics. Silver medallist at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, he only needs Olympic gold to harmonize his trophy cabinet.
Sofiane Oumiha is the new WBA CONTINENTAL LIGHTWEIGHT, winner of Nicolas Ariel Blanco by TKO 6 in Monaco @WBABoxing @GilberticoWBA @FF_Boxe @lequipe pic.twitter.com/GMhyh3djNx
— WBA Continental Europe (@wbaeurope) September 24, 2023
"It's easier to go from amateur to professional than the other way around," he told us in August. It is mostly physical work that must be done. When you do the opposite, it goes too fast, you really have to find your boxing. Sofiane Oumiha will therefore have quite a challenge to take up to propel herself towards Paris 2024. "From January, I will have almost seven months to return to amateur boxing before the Olympics and find the style that allows me to win," he added.
If he needed just six rounds to defeat Ariel Blanco, Oumiha could have played ten on Saturday, where the Olympic format has only three three-minute sets. The pace is also much more intense among amateurs. In Monaco, he forced his opponent to kneel on the ground in the fourth round.