Belgian bantamweight Stéphane Jamoye successfully defended his EBU title last Saturday in Herstal against Ashley Sexton stopping him in 8 rounds. Jamoye, rated #2 by the WBC, and his promoter Mirco Giuliani are delighted with the performance and are now looking to secure a world title in the near future. We know it will be difficult as Europeans very rarely get a world title opportunity in those lighter divisions but with seemingly the last compulsory made for the WBC title in this division last March 12, 2009 and current champion Shinsuke Yamanake having made his last defense on Nov 3, 2012, we just hope that the WBC will order soon some mandatory defenses and that we are in the title mix. Stéphane, a former WBC Youth champion, and brother Steve Jamoye, who won on the undercard last Saturday the WBC Youth 140lbs title, are both dreaming to fight for the supreme green belt.
Promoter Mirco Giuliani is backing the idea to have for the first time in history a WBC world title in Belgium. The audience in Herstal is great and with the right sponsors we hope to bring the champion to Belgium. It would be the most important event since Jean Marc Renard challenged for the WBA title almost 24 years ago back in June 1989.
A double header with brother Steve, who just won the WBC Youth title at 140lbs, would be tremendous. Steve will be an attentive ringside viewer when compatriot Jean Pierre Bauwens challenges unbeaten Ruben Nieto from Spain for the vacant EBU-EU title on April 19 in Gent, Belgium. He could end up facing the winner and against Bauwens it would be the first ever EBU-EU fight between 2 Belgians.