ROYAN (France): Iranian boxer Sadaf Khadem poses before a training session in preparation for her first official boxing bout.
Two years after a clandestine impromptu training session on the Tehran hills, Sadaf Khadem will become the first Iranian woman on Saturday to contest an official boxing fight.
Sadaf Khadem can not believe it. The young Iranian discovers, blue gloves barely removed, her sports license: “that’s it, I’m an amateur boxer!”. She will finally be able to deliver Saturday her first official fight, during a short stay in France.
“It’s historic!” This is the first fight of an Iranian who is validated, registered with real referees by a national federation.It is the first official fight of an Iranian “in English boxing, assures Mahyar Monshipour, in charge of the organization.
In a gym in Royan (Charente-Maritime) where the meeting will take place on Saturday, the former world champion boxing coach his protégé, met in 2017 in Iran during a training. The 24-year-old recontacts her a few months ago, she’s tired of training and wants to box.