Former middleweight titleholder Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam is in search of an American promoter, according to Francisco Diaz of Asventure Promotion, the French-based promotional outfit who until now had guided the Cameroonian fighter’s professional career.
N’Jikam’s contract will expire with Asventure in the next few days, Diaz told RingTV.com via e-mail, and the entertaining middleweight contender is looking for an American promotional company to represent him.
N’Jikam came to the United States for the first time last October to defend his WBO title against Peter Quillin at the inaugural boxing card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which was televised by Showtime. Despite hitting the canvas a total of six times, N’Jikam won the crowd and the viewing audience over with his heart and grit as he easily provided Quillin with his toughest test to date.
N’Jikam was recently in the United States to train at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas as he hoped to lure the promotional services of Top Rank, Mayweather Promotions, or 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions in the process. As of yet, none of those entities have signed N’Jikam to a contract, although his contract doesn’t expire for another couple of days.
N’Jikam’s name came up as a possible January opponent for Gennady Golovkin at HBO, but according to one HBO executive, the network turned him down, afraid he wouldn’t stand up to the Kazakh’s power for very long given how his chin held up to Quillin’s right hands. The executive did profess their interest in using him in the future, so long as he shows he can bounce back from last October’s decision loss to Quillin.
Even coming off a loss, N’Jikam possesses viability in a competitive 160-pound division that features plenty of names without dance partners. With his flavorful style inside the ring and his personality outside of it, one would think it is only a matter of time before the French-Cameroonian fighter catches on with someone stateside.
Mark Ortega is the boxing columnist for the Martinez News-Gazette and is a member of the Boxing Writers Assoc. of America and the RING Ratings Advisory Panel. He can be reached via e-mail at [email protected]as well as followed on Twitter @MarkEOrtega.