BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- As he approached the dais at Thursday afternoon's press conference, it was apparent that French Cameroonian middleweight beltholder Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam was a bit starstruck.
N'Jikam opened up by saying his English was not very good, but conducted himself rather eloquently, not needing his French translator for the duration of his statements.
“Thank you to Oscar De La Hoya, you are a big champion, I dream every day to see you... can I touch you again?” remarked N'Jikam to laughter as he shook De La Hoya's hand.
“Many people don't know me in United States, it is so important for people to know me because I want to be the king of this division,” continued N'Jikam. “I want to take all four belts. Do you want to see a show Saturday? I am a French showman. Now is my time, I will show you good boxing.”
Having fought all but a handful of bouts in hist adopted home of France, very few of the hundreds of press and boxing...