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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Ben Ephraim and Cohen to Speak on Jewish Boxers

Odelia Ben Ephraim and Mike Cohen will be featured speakers at a conference about Jewish boxers at the musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme in Paris, France on June 19. The event will be hosted by Joseph Hirsh.

The discussion will touch on French Jewish boxers, many of whom originated in North Africa. Cohen, a former French kickboxing champion, is the nephew of one such fighter, Bill Jo Cohen. World champions Victor "Young" Perez, Robert Cohen, and Alphonse Halimi have been among the many great Jewish fighters from the region.

Ben Ephraim (5-2) is the French featherweight champion. Her next fight is a title defense on June 7 against Narymane Benloucif. Cohen is now a trainer who guides the career of French amateur champion Benny Nizard, a 1-0 19 year old Jewish fighter.

Ben Ephraim's father David, a longtime boxing coach, created his top 5 Jewish French boxers for The JBB. The top 5 Jewish North African boxers was compiled by Ron Schneck.

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