Newfel Ouatah

Newfel Ouatah (born November 8, 1985 at Lyon) is a FrenchAlgerian pro boxer best known to for his amateur success. He won a Gold medal of 2007 African Championship in Tananarive (Madagascar) at super heavyweight, a silver medal at the All African Games in Algiers and fought at the 2008 Olympics. Ouatah's the cousin of French football player Karim Benzema, Newfel's and Karim's families are from the same town in Algeria (Ath Djellil). He's also a cousin of famous Algerian singer Hanifa (Hanifa's mother is the sister of Newfel's grandfather).

Newfel Ouatah
Height2.00 m (6 ft 6½ in)
Born (1985-11-08) 8 November 1985 (age 34)
Lyon, Rhône, France
Boxing record
Total fights21
Wins by KO10
No contests0


Newfel started boxing in 1998 after the World Cup in France, while all the other children were playing football, he prefer to start boxing in front of his block, at the Club Pugillistique Villeurbannais's Gym. He fought after two month of training his first educative fight and won it. Then he became 2000 French champion in the middleweight division (-75 kg). In 2001 he won the French Cadets (under 17) championship in the light heavyweight (-81 kg).

As a Heavyweight he won the 2002 and 2003 Junior (under 19) Nationals championships. He lost in the quarterfinals of the junior world championships when he lost to Robert Alfonso.

He became the 2005 (against Stéphane Gomis) and 2006 French champion at 201 lb by beating John M'Bumba twice time by knock out. He captured the bronze medal at the 2005 Mediterranean Games.

Then he asked the French federation to agree him to start boxing for his native country.

In 2007 he lost to M'Bumba, went up a division and started fighting for Algeria where he immediately won a silver medal at the All Africa games losing to Ahmed Samir Abdelhalim 8:17.

In 2008 he qualified for the Olympics by beating Stéphane Gomis of Sénegal and Moroccan Mohamed Amanissi 21:8 in a qualifier.

Even in April 2008 he fought his fourth fight against M'Bumba when the fight was amazingly stopped after 1:20 in the last round giving to M'Bumba a disputed winning decision.

In June 2008 he won the St Quentin's Pré Olympic tournament by winning the final against German Erik Pfeifer. He started his Olympic preparation with Jean Baptiste Mendy's coach, Houari Amri.

In the round of 16 he upset Jose Payares of Venezuela, in the quarter final he was beaten by World Championship silver medallist Vyacheslav Glazkov of Ukraine 4:10.

At the Ahmert COMERT tournament in 2009 he took his revenge against former conqueror and 2007 PanAm and 2008 World Cup winner Robert Alfonso by KO in the second round (one-punch knockout).


He turned pro in 2009. His last fight was on February 15, 2020 with Faisal Ibnel Arrami on the opponent side. This boxing fight happened at Gymnase le Bourg located in St Trivier les Courtes which was WON by Newfel Ouatah an Unanimous Decision.[1]

External linksEdit

  1. ^ "Newfel Ouatah profile, latest fight | BoxNews24/7". Retrieved 2020-09-14.