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Angelique Duchemin: 1991 - 2017
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OBITUARY   Photo: Angelique Duchemin with her impressive belt-collection, and with World Boxing Federation (WBF) President Howard Goldberg.

Sad news broke on Tuesday afternoon, August 29, that World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Featherweight Champion Angelique Duchemin from France had passed away earlier in the day. She was only twenty-six years old.

Preparing for an upcoming fight, Duchemin suffered a cardiac arrest during a training session on Monday evening, and was rushed to hospital in Perpignan. Unfortunately it was too late, and her life could not be saved. There will be an investigation to clarify the reason for her untimely death.

Duchemin was born on June 26, 1991 and started boxing at seven years old. She turned professional in December of 2012, and quickly showed her great potential when she won the French national Super Featherweight title only a year later.

After two defenses of the French title, she became European Super Featherweight Champion in December of 2015, a title she defended last April before moving down to Featherweight the following month to win the WBF World title.

On that May evening in Royan, Duchemin was on top of her game as she scored a unanimous decision over compatriot Ericka Rousseau, taking her unblemished record to 14-0 (3). In the ring she dedicated the victory to her late father, a former boxer, who passed away from a heart-attack in 2013, saying:

“Today I am on top, and hard work pays off. I am very happy, and if my father had been here he would have been very proud.”

In the prime of her life, and career, it makes little sense that Duchemin followed her father so early. It is only a small consolation that she died doing what she loved, and had dedicated most of her life to.

In only fourteen professional fights Duchemin accomplished more than most world-class boxers accomplish in a much longer career. Undefeated French, European and World Champion!

With potentially a decade more at the highest level, there is no telling how much more she could have achieved.

“I am truly saddened at the passing of a champion inside and outside the ring”, said World Boxing Federation (WBF) President Howard Goldberg.

“She was an intelligent, talented and down-to-earth young lady. An outstanding fighter, and a humble world champion.”

“As her name translates, she was a true angel. She will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.”

“Rest In Peace, Angelique Duchemin, Champion!”

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