By Robert Coster
The tiny Kingdom of Belgium has never had a world boxing champion. But, today, Belgian boxing fans have high hopes that 20 year-old bantamweight prodigy Stephane Jamoye (18-1, 8 KOs) will be the European nation’s first boxer to win a title in one of the major organizations. Jamoye is in fact ranked 9th in the WBC and until recently was the WBC youth world champion. On August 28th, Stephane lost his title via a controversial split decision to Mexican-based Japanese sensation Tomoki Kameda in Mazatlan, Mexico. The fight was first declared a draw and then changed to a split nod in favor of a fairly battered Kameda. “It was a highway robbery, says Jamoye’s manager Mico Giuliani, and the WBC has ordered a rematch but Kameda who was supposed to be invincible, wants no part of it. We are willing to fight him anywhere, even in Japan.”
Stephane Jamoye first laced up the boxing gloves at 14 and at the age of 16 was already champion of Belgium. He turned pro 20 days after his 18th birthday, after compiling a (56-4) record in the amateurs. At the age of 19, Stephane faced Thai Punglang Sor Singyu who spotted an unblemished record of 23 wins with 18 KOs. The fight was for Singyu’s WBC youth title and Jamoye won by decision in one of the best fights ever seen in Europe. A few months, the young Belgian added the European title to his record. As for his style, Manager Guiliani likes to describe Stephane as a boxer-puncher although lately his punching power has become more evident. “Stephane is still a growing boy and he is becoming brawnier,” commented Giuliani. Jamoye’s controversial loss in Mexico has made him more popular than ever in his homeland (a country more renown for its cyclists and soccer players) and the fans are positive that young Stephane, their little “gem,” is destined to make history and bring a world boxing crown to Belgium.