Q&A: Nordine Oubaali

Photo: MTK Global
By Robert Coster

On January 19th, French-Moroccan boxer Nordine Oubaali became WBC bantamweight champion with a convincing decision over American Rau’shee Warren in Las Vegas. “I’ve achieved my American Dream,” declared the 32-year-old Oubaali after the fight, becoming the first French boxer to win a world title in Las Vegas.

In his first title defense (on July 6th) against Filipino Arthur Villanueva, Oubaali (16-0, 12 KOs) dominated his rival and stopped him in six rounds. Nordine is looking confidently at the future in a division that is talent-filled. “I want to go back to Las Vegas, to step in the ring and fight in front of American boxing fans,” he says.

Fightnews.com® contacted Oubaali who graciously answered our questions.

Congratulations Champ on your title defense and victory. Tell us about that fight.

He tried to press me early. I couldn’t let him and took command of the fight early. I backed him up and showed him who was the champion.

The fight was held in Kazakstan. Why there?

My manager MTK Global co-organized the card with MTK Kazakstan. It was a great opportunity because US fans got to see my fight on ESPN+. I hope US fans will be able to see my next fight against mandatory challenger Takuma Inoue.

Takuma Inoue, unbeaten Japanese boxer, younger brother of WBA/IBF champion Naoya Inoue, the “Monster” of the bantamweight division? How do you feel about this possible fight?

I love it. I want to beat Takuma Inoue and send a message to The Monster: “you may be a monster, but I’m not afraid of you.” Naoya is very talented, punches so hard but I’m the smarter boxer, better technical boxer. Beating Takuma and facing Naoya would make it a great grudge fight!

Showtime to stream July 27 undercard fights
Thurman Talks the Talk

Top Boxing News

We have a few rules to make our comment section more enjoyable for everyone.
1. Keep comments related to boxing.
2. Be respectful, polite and keep it clean.
3. Personal attacks will not be tolerated.
Offending posts will be removed.
  • I like to read about my fellow country man. He’s got a very interesting story, so i’ll hope You’ll be back

  • Nordine Oubaali CHAMPION UNIFIER INCHA’ALLAH !!!! Va chercher ce qui te revient de droit !!!! Let’s go CHAMPION

  • >
    %d bloggers like this: