Christian Mbilli celebrates his victory over Cesar Ugarte on the Bell Centre in Montreal. (Picture by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Photos)
Tremendous middleweight contender Christian Mbilli will face Vaughn Alexander in Nantes, France, on December 17, it has been introduced.
In chief help, welterweight Souleymane Cissokho will tackle Thulani Mbenge.
Mbilli (22-0, 20 knockouts), who’s rated No. 5 by The Ring at 168 kilos, represented France on the 2016 Olympics, dropping to eventual gold medalist Arlen Lopez on the quarterfinal stage.
He moved to Canada and has began to work his method up the rankings, impressively dominating Ronald Ellis (UD 10), scoring an eye catching knockout over former world title challenger Nadjib Mohammedi (KO 5) and, most lately, blitzing DeAndre Ware (KO 2). The all-action fighter has caught the attention and is a part of the brand new breed within the division.
Alexander (17-6-1, 10 KOs) turned skilled in 2004. The older brother of former two-weight world champion Devon, he gained his first 5 fights earlier than being incarcerated for 11 years for theft.
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After his launch, the 36-year-old kicked off his second profession in October 2016 and reeled off seven wins earlier than dropping to Denis Douglin (UD 10). He then narrowly misplaced to present WBO middleweight titleholder Janibek Alimkhanuly (SD 8). Since then, his kind has been patchy, often stepping in to face a rising contender. The St. Louis native has proven he is usually a harmful opponent by upsetting Cash Powell IV (SD 8) and Luis Arias (SD 10). Alexander is often sturdy and ought to give Mbilli rounds; he has solely been stopped as soon as, by Zach Parker (TKO 2) .
Cissokho (15-0, 9 KOs) was born in Senegal however moved to France at a younger age. He was a standout novice, profitable three nationwide titles, three world championships and a bronze medal on the 2016 Olympics.
Since turning skilled in early 2017, Cissokho has campaigned at junior middleweight however will drop to welterweight to face Mbenge. The 31-year-old holds wins over Dmitry Mikhaylenko (UD 10), Ismail IIiev (TKO 4) and, most lately, an off-the-floor win over Roberto Valenzuela Jr. (UD 10).
Mbenge (19-1, 15 KOs) represented South Africa on the 2011 World Championships and took bronze on the 2014 Commonwealth Video games. He gained the nationwide title in 2017, two years after turning skilled.
Mbenge holds wins over strong fringe contender Diego Cruz (UD 12), longtime welterweight contender Diego Chaves (TKO 7) and former IBF light-weight titlist Miguel Vazquez (TKO 9). The 31-year-old misplaced a contentious 12-round choice to Sebastian Formella (UD 12) in Germany however has rebounded with 4 wins.
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