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"Momo" Ayyad Takes On Former Champ For WBF International Honors
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PREVIEW   Photo: World Boxing Federation (WBF) International Title-Challenger Mohamed "Momo" Ayyad.

25-year-old Frenchman Mohamed Ayyad will step up his competition on Saturday February 4, when he takes on Mikheil Avakyan from Georgia for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) International Light Welterweight title at the Palais des Sports U Palatinu in Ajaccio, France.

For "Momo" Ayyad, a pro since January 2013, this will be his first championship fight after compiling a 16-1-1 (10) record. In comparison, Avakyan (25) is amazingly a veteran of sixty-nine pro bouts (38-27-4, with 21 stoppages) after entering the paid ranks in 2009.

In 2014 Avakyan lost a split decision to Chris Goodwin in England for the WBF World Welterweight title, and in September of last year he traveled to Slovenia where he defeated another Frenchman, the only man to beat Ayyad so far, Jean Moraiti, for the WBF International Light Welterweight crown.

He was stripped of the title when he lost a fight for a WBC regional belt the following November, so it will be a chance for him to regain what he never lost in the ring. He has since returned with a victory on home soil in Tbilisi, setting up another trip abroad.

Since losing a decision to Jean Moraiti, who is now the WBF International Lightweight champion, Ayyad is undefeated in his last eight appearances. His maiden title-opportunity is the headliner of a show promoted by Piere Paoli and the Boxing Club Ajjacchien.

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