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Friday, May 19, 2023

Odelia Ben Ephraim to Face Olympian Kouloud Hlimi

Odelia Ben Ephraim is scheduled to face Khouloud Hlimi at Hall des Sports in Pertuis, France on May 27. This will be Ben Ephraim's third fight of the calendar year.

Ben Ephraim (4-2) is a 23 year old who resides in Blagnac, France. Her only losses have come against Anaelle Angerville, in Odelia's debut and later for the French featherweight belt. Ben Ephraim won her last fight against Tijana Draskovic convincingly in March. In an impressive performance, Odelia picked her punches well while simultaneously letting her hands go. She has been susceptible to counter lefts in previous fights though.

Hlimi is a 33 year old southpaw from Sousse, Tunisia. This is her first pro fight. In 2021, she represented Tunisia in the featherweight division at the Tokyo Olympics. After receiving a bye in the round of 32, Hlimi lost to the eventual gold medalist, Sena Irie of Japan. The Tunisian moves well, but prefers to mix it up, periodically hurtling towards the opponent while throwing punches.

Ben Ephraim obviously has more pro experience. She's ten years younger and will hold a height advantage. But this will not be an easy fight against an athletic former Olympian. This bout is scheduled for six two-minute rounds.

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