Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam has had a busy 2016.
The middleweight from Cameroon, based in France, qualified for and competed at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, one of the only professionals to do so in the wake of a controversial rule change made by the AIBA earlier in the year. That odyssey didn’t perhaps end the way he had hoped, as he was eliminated from the tournament after a single bout.
In the pro ranks, despite his time-consuming amateur ventures, N’Dam managed to fight and win four times. Three of those came by way of stoppage, a nice change for the 32-year-old, who had only stopped one of his previous nine opponents.
N’Dam, who has only lost to quality operators Peter Quillin and David Lemieux as a pro, scored the third of those finishes over the weekend in Saint Denis and it was an absolute peach of a KO.
Seconds into his bout with previously undefeated Colombian Alfonso Blanco, N’Dam sneaked into range behind a stiff left jab and uncorked a percussive right-hand shot. Blanco froze immediately upon impact and began a slow descent, face-first, towards the canvas.
N’Dam knew the fight was at an end and simply strolled away.
That busy 2016 of his may yet end with a deluge of ‘KO of the Year’ awards.