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French Olympians to Panama?

By Robert Coster

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Haitian (of French origin) promoter/manager Jacques Deschamps seems to be expanding his horizons with the rumored signing of two French Olympians and a former European Champion. The boxers who would join Deschamps’ growing stable are lightweight Daouda Sow and featherweight Khedafi Djelkhir (pictured with Deschamps). Both Sow and Djelkhir had stellar amateur careers: Kedhafi was European Champion in 2007 and won the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games. Sow also won silver in Beijing, losing a razor-thin (11-9) decision in the finals. As pros, Djelkhir is 3-0, 3 KOs and Sow is 1-0, 1 KO.
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The other possible recruit for Deschamps is former European jr middleweight champion Jimmy ” Pitbull” Colas (27-6, 11 KOs), born in Haiti. About Colas, Deschamps had this to say “Jimmy’s style is not your typical European standup boxer and because of this, he was victimized in Europe. Four of Jimmy’s so-called losses were outright robbery. I believe his career will really flourish in this part of the world.” Jacques Deschamps is a senior partner of Premium Boxing Promotions who operates in Panama City and it is therefore conceivable that the (possible) recruits would likely pursue their career in the Isthmus nation.




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