French boxer Souleymane Cissokho, for a long time domineering but close to correctional at the end of the fight, beat on points by majority decision the Englishman Kieron Conway, Saturday in Arlington (Texas) to seize the WBA intercontinental belt of super-welterweights, in front of a crowd of 70,000 people.
A hook almost punished him, but Souleymane Cissokho added courage to the precision of his boxing, to beat the Englishman Kieron Conway, Saturday in Arlington (Texas) and seize the WBA intercontinental belt of the super-welterweights, in front a crowd of 70,000 people. The 29-year-old Frenchman was given the winner, by majority decision, by two out of three judges (92-97, 96-93, 95-94). His 13th victory (8 before the limit) in as many fights. Perfectly entered into the heart of the matter, with full-face left jabs which made his opponent’s nose bleed from the 3rd round, he quickly gained the upper hand in the counting.
Taller, but less mobile, Conway failed to capitalize on his size advantage, with Cissokho unrolling clinical boxing if not lethal. And in this sport where one hit is enough to make a difference, Conway’s powerful left hook, who hit the Frenchman’s right eye in the 9th round, almost made a difference. “I thought I wasn’t going to get up, because I couldn’t see it anymore. I didn’t see the blow coming, I felt like I had lost my eye. But I thought to myself. “Get up, give yourself fully” “, he commented warmly, receiving in passing the congratulations of Tyson Fury present in the passageway of the huge Texan enclosure.
“I went to get her”
Cissokho indeed brought two knees to the ground and was briefly counted by the referee, before suffering a hail of blows from the Englishman who failed to finish the job. On which, almost as if nothing had happened, he took over and finished the fight strong enough to maintain his lead in points. “It’s nice because it’s a lot of work, a lot of sacrifice, it’s the first time I’ve tasted the ground, but at least I went to get the belt”, he reacted by proudly showing the latter hanging from his waist a few minutes after the fight.
“Conway said he was going to show me what professional boxing is, I think it was me who showed him what it was,” savored the Frenchman who inflicted on his 24-year-old opponent his second defeat (16 wins, including 3 by KO, 1 draw). This victory will allow him to quickly climb the ranks in the hierarchy of superwelters, probably the World Top 10, his ambition being to compete in a world championship, in a super-welterweight category for the time being dominated by the formidable American Jermell Charlo. .
“Crazy, crazy, really crazy”
For him, who had spent 18 months without boxing, mainly because of the Covid pandemic, until his victorious return to a ring, on March 11 against the Mexican Daniel Echeverria (stop of the referee in the 6th round), the The evening is all the more successful as he was able to demonstrate his talent – and especially his courage by getting up -, in a unique context, in the heart of the AT&T Stadium, home of the American football team (NFL) of the Dallas Cowboys. Because the 70,000 people present, the vast majority of Mexican origin, came above all to witness the clash of the evening between their hero “Canelo” Alvarez and the Englishman Billy Joe Saunders, for the unification of the titles among the super- means.
A record crowd for a boxing match in a covered enclosure in the United States. What was in fact the largest gathering for a sporting event since the onset of the pandemic. On his arrival on the catwalk leading to the ring, Cissokho admitted having experienced a “strong emotion”, he who experienced the thrill of an Olympic medal, in bronze, at the Rio Games in 2016, and in particular boxed at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York. “It’s crazy, it’s crazy, it’s really crazy,” he repeated, his eyes shining with happiness.