|Birth Place||Bagnolet, France|
|Pro Record||24-3, 18KO|
Ali Oubaali was born in France on October 19, 1977. “The Hurricane” has a professional record of 24-3, 18KO and has the type of style that packs the house each time he steps into the ring.
Oubaali began Thai Boxing when he was just 8 years old and ultimately went on to win a world championship in Thai boxing, before following his older brother into the realm of traditional boxing under the Marquis of Queensbury rules at age 16. As an amateur boxer, Oubaali won 8 amateur championships throughout Europe, competing against many of today’s top rated professional boxers, including Ramazin Palyani, compiling an impressive record of 88 victories, 7 defeats, and 2 draws (66 wins by way of knockout).
Towards the end of his distinguished amateur career, Oubaali fought for France in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
After his participation in the Olympics, Oubaali entered the professional boxing ranks under the watchful and experienced eye of the AB Stars, the largest professional boxing promotional company in France.
Oubaali ran his record to an unblemished 14-0 (13 wins by knockout) over the next 2 years, earning an opportunity to fight in a world championship elimination bout sponsored by the Venezuelan-based World Boxing Association one of top three internationally recognized world sanctioning bodies in professional boxing. In the process, Oubaali turned himself into a star on French television and a national celebrity with his charismatic demeanor and fan friendly fighting style. Oubaali proved during that time that he belonged on the world stage and in the professional ranks
Oubaali made the move to come to America, with little money in his pocket but big dreams in his heart he knew he had to come and take America by storm. This was when Oubaali was introduced to esteemed boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia. Oubaali seemed to immediately click with DeGuardia in no time the promoter had Oubaali on his Star Boxing roster. Oubaali’s manager Paul Haberman says that pairing with Star would help introduce an all-new audience to Oubaali’s power-punching personality. “Ali is ready to make a statement here in the United States, and with the promotional savvy of Star Boxing behind him now, warn them all: The Hurricane is coming, and the world’s top super lightweights are in the eye of the storm!”
Since signing with Star Oubaali has turned any of his doubters into full fledged believers. On October 18, 2007, at the Manhhatan Center in New York, in front of a sold out crowd, Oubaali fought his first fight under the Star Banner, and also his first professional fight on U.S. soil. Oubaali stole the show and electrified the crowd in his American debut. Showing everyone why he is the known as the “Hurricane”, Oubaali was sensational, tearing through his game opponent Victorio Abadia with non-stop aggression and punching.
Oubaali was a fireball from the opening bell as he went right after Abadia throwing crisp combinations to the head and body that had Abadia reeling backwards. Abadia bravely fought back much to the crowd’s delight as the bell sounded ending round 1. Round 2 started with both fighters standing toe to toe in ring center trading bombs. Oubaali let loose with tremendous combinations that put Abadia on the seat of pants. Abadia gamely rose as Oubaali moved in to finish him and just when it looked like the fight would be stopped Abadia caught Oubaali with a flush right. Abadia seized the opportunity as he backed up Oubaali with hard combinations to the head. At this point the crowd was in a frenzy but there was more to come. Oubaali, showing the tenacity of a true champion, turned the tide again catching Abadia with a straight right hand backing him to the ropes as the bell sounded ending what is clearly one of the rounds of the year. Oubaali had a big round 3 continuing his relentless assault on Abadia. Round 4 opened up with Abadia showing renewed vigor but that didn’t last long as Oubaali again began to pummel his opponent prompting referee Sparkle Lee to halt the action at 1:27 of the fourth round of the scheduled 8 round bout. Oubaali improved to 20-3 17 KO’s, while Abadia fell to 22-6-2 8 KO’s.
Oubaali last fought on February 15th, 2008 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. The fight, which was the co feature for the ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card, was a chance for Oubaali to shine on national T.V. Oubaali knew what an opportunity this was for him, and did not disappoint.
The semi-final 10 round bout featured two European Jr. Welterweights making their US television debuts. French Moroccan Ali “The Hurricane” Oubaali (21-3-0, 17KO’s) and England’s Ashley Theophane (20-3-1, 7KO’s) hooked up in what was a major step up in class for each fighter. Oubaali started out the stronger of the two as Theophane chose to circle the ring in round one while Oubaali tried to figure out a way to cut him off. Theophane settled down a bit in round two, which allowed Oubaali to land some big shots, but was back on the bicycle at the start of round three. Round four saw a dramatic change in the strategy of Theophane as he stood his ground and fought with Oubaali behind a very effective jab and lead right hands. Round five saw Theophane score many clean shots to the head of Oubaali as both fighters traded freely. Round six began with Oubaali regaining control as he worked the body and head of Theophane effectively but at around a minute into the round Oubaali walked into a left hook by Theophane dropping him on the seat of his pants. It was a flash knockdown but nevertheless it gave Theophane some momentum, which didn’t last very long. Oubaali came back from the knockdown like a house on fire and had Theophane reeling as the bell ended the round. Rounds seven and eight had the crowd on their feet as the two fighters stood toe to toe at times, both landing clean, hard shots. Oubaali seemed to get the better of the two way action punctuated by a tremendous right hand in round eight, which sent Theophane’s mouthpiece flying, landing in the lap of ESPN2 blow-by-blow commentator Joe Tessitore. As a timeout was called to replace the mouthpiece, ringside physician Dr. Tony Alessi took a long look at Theophane but eventually decided to allow the fight to continue much to crowd’s delight. Sensing the urgency, Theophane tore after Oubaali for the remainder of the round and continued his torrid pace in the ninth, trying to close the gap. Oubaali went back to work in the final round but to his credit Theophane stood his ground right to the end as both fighters received a standing ovation from the crowd. Scores were unanimous, 96-93 twice, and 97-92, all for the exciting Ali Oubaali.
Oubaali was last seen on August 6th as the main event for that weeks ESPN2’s “Wednesday Night Fights” broadcast. On this night Oubaali was taking on tough Chris Fernandez (15-4-1, 9KO’s).
Oubaali started the first round by living up to his nickname Hurricane and stormed forward attacking his opponent with a vicious and relentless body attack. Fernandez, while he was eating a lot of punches, fought back gamely and landed a few good body shots of his own. By the end of the second round it was obvious that Oubaali’s body punches, particularly his left hook were taking a toll on his opponent as Fernandez’s movement slowed and his punches weakened. Each round seemed to get more and more exciting as the two combatants pretty much stood toe to toe in the middle of the ring and exchanged punches. Oubaali was the much quicker, and stronger of the two and continuously would get the better of the exchanges. Fernandez would cover up from time to time and Oubaali would take advantage throwing seven and eight punch combinations both to the head and body. While Fernandez was putting up a spirited effort, Oubaali seemed to just have too much fire power for him to handle.
As the rounds progressed Fernandez’s counter attack continued to slow as “The Hurricane” stormed forward. Fernandez would fight in spirits making the fight exciting, but the persistent body attack from Oubaali seemed to almost paralyze his opponent at times. Oubaali would bring his opponents hands down and then land vicious uppercuts and hooks to the head and chin. It looked as though the referee was about to stop the fight a few times, but every time he would lean in, Fernandez somehow found the energy to fight back.
Oubaali opened a cut over the left eye of Fernandez early in the eight round and with blood streaming down his face Fernandez began to try to press forward and smother Oubaali but Oubaali was just too quick and slick for Fernandez. After another six punch combination landed for Oubaali the referee jumped in and called a halt to the contest at 1:39 of the 8th round. Oubaali improved to 22-3, 18KO’s while Fernandez, who was applauded loudly for his game performance, dropped to 15-5-1, 9KO’s.
By the looks of it Oubaali has adapted well to his new home in the U.S. as he continues to impress U.S. fans and boxing insiders alike. Look for Oubaali to continue winning and to continue to take the Jr. Welterweight division by Hurricane Storm.