By Robert Coster
Unbeaten French Junior Featherweight Khedafi Djelkir (14-0, 10 KOs), a Silver Medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has decided to hang up his gloves, putting an end to what appeared to be a promising career. The 28-year-old Djelkhir declared in a statement that his decision was prompted by the dire state of professional boxing in France. “There is no TV, there are no promotors. The truth of the matter is that professional boxing is dying in France. What is therefore the purpose of training and making all kind of sacrifices if you cannot support your family and if you are not given the proper tools to succeed?” declared a dejected Khedafi.
In his short three year pro career, the young French-Algerian boxer won the French featherweight title in only his seventh pro fight and the WBO super-bantamweight intercontinental title this year. As an amateur, Djelkhir was highly succesful and a star of the French national team. He was, as stated, an Olympian silver medalist and a silver medalist at the 2004 European Championships apart from being French champion for four consecutive years (2004-08). As for his future plans, Djelkhir mentioned that he would like to be a boxing coach for kids in his native city of Besancon.