Amer Abdallah achieved his dream of becoming a world champion in his hometown late Saturday night.
The 38-year-old unbeaten cruiserweight captured the World Kickboxing Association championship by beating Englishman Daniel Hughes before a sellout crowd at the Kenan Center in Lockport to cap a 14-fight card.
Abdallah said he wanted to make quick work of his opponent and not leave anything to chance in the judges’ hands. He proved to be a man of his word by winning the title via second-round knockout. A vicious kick to the body floored Hughes for the win.
“As soon as they waved the fight off I dropped to my knees, overwhelmed by the euphoric feeling of victory and pride,” said Abdallah, who came into the fight for the vacant title ranked second. “I’m just so proud I was able to do this. … I’m 38 years old and I feel faster than I was when I was 20.”
Abdallah improves to 17-0, while Hughes drops to 23-4.
Abdallah dropped Hughes twice during the fight. The first one came in the opening round when Abdallah knocked Hughes to the mat with a right fist to the temple.
What’s next for Abdallah?
“I want to defend my title,” he said. “I don’t feel this is the end. I feel strong.”