FightPost Boxer of the Week: Nordine Oubaali
By Gary Kittilsen
In what was a relatively quiet weekend of boxing, Nordine Oubaali, of France, defended his WBC bantamweight title in spectacular fashion, vowed to unify, and picked up our Fighter of the Week honours.
Oubaali outclassed a high caliber opponent in Arthur Villanueva of the Philippines, who had been in the ring with McJoe Arroyo, Luis Nery, and Zolani Tete, he figured to be stiff competition for Oubaali but was instead dominated and blown out in six one-sided rounds.
Running the champs record to a perfect 16-0 (12). It was the first defense of his WBC that he won in January of this year when he defeated Rau’shee Warren via UD. Despite being, 32 years old the Frenchmen is just now hitting his prime and has continued to improve and look more and more impressive in each of his last several outings.
Oubaali, a two-time Olympian, came out offensively minded from the opening bell, overwhelming the outmatched Villaneuva with a relentless two-fisted attack. The champion never taped the breaks, landing big left-hands out of his southpaw stance.
The Filipino challenger never got a second to rest or mount any offense, as he spent the entire six rounds trying to avoid the heavy artillery that was raining in from his opponent. Every time the challenger did try to open up and mount any offensive it was quickly snuffed out as Oubaali would beat his opponent to the punch time and time again scoring with left hands and right hooks that eventually broke the challenger down and caused referee Jose Guadalupe Garcia to waive off the bout between the sixth and seventh rounds. Officially giving Oubaali a sixth-round TKO victory. His left-hand and tireless attack was certainly the story of the night as the game challenger had no answers for either.
It’s a good time to be a bantamweight, with wins over both Warren and Villanueva already in 2019, Ouballi is making a good case for himself to be considered in the fighter of the year discussion.
In the post-fight interview, the WBC champ vowed to unify titles later in the year. If he sticks to that, it would mean a mega-fight against either the Inoue-Doanire winner or Zolani Tete. All three of those fighters are held in the highest regard. A win against any of those names would not only make Oubaali the breakthrough fighter of the year it would also give him a good case for 2019’s Fighter Of The Year.