5'1" flyweight Nadia
was born on June 2, 1985 and lives in Herne, Nordrhein-Westfalen,
Nadia practised judo from age 9 to age 16, then became
in Muay Thai and kickboxing in 2002. In 2004 she was
the International German Champion in Kickboxing.
She began to train as a boxer in parallel
in 2004 but switched her focus entirely to boxing in August
Her all-time kickboxing record was 16-1 (13 KO's).
made her pro boxing debut on November 11, 2006 at
Wuppertal, Germany, winning a four-round decision over Elina
Tissen of Warendorf, Germany who fell to 2-1 (1 KO).
April 28, 2007 in Cologne, Germany, Nadia Raoui TKO'd Lucie Sovijusova
Košice, Slovakia in the second round of a scheduled six-rounder.
On June 9, 2007 in Ulm,
Germany, Nadia Raoui (111½ lbs) won a four-round unanimous
(40-37,40-36,39-37) decision over Agnese Boza (116¾ lbs) of Riga,
Latvia, who fell to 1-1 (0 KO's).
On September 2, 2007 at
Universal Hall in Mitte, Berlin, Germany, Nadia Raoui (110¼ lbs) won a
four-round unanimous decision over Doris Koehler (114¼ lbs) of Vienna,
Austria, who fel to 1-1-1 (0 KO's).
On November 17, 2007 at
Sporthalle "Neue Zeit" in Schwedt, Brandenburg, Germany, Nadia Raoui
(112½ lbs) won the WIBF Intercontinental Flyweight title with an
exciting ten-round unanimous decision over Juliette Winter (112½ lbs)
of Derby, England. Der Westen reported that '“A left hook from the
34-year-old Winter in the third round sent the German’s gum shield
flying but Raoui struck back with a wonderful straight right
in the next, and down the Englishwoman went. After a fierce but even
fifth round, Nadia dropped her again in the sixth with a rock-hard,
left-right combination to the point of the chin, and Winter at first
seemed completely disoriented, but she regained her senses as the count
progressed. Now only a knockout could rescue the fight for the
Midlander and she came out in the seventh like the fire brigade, hell
bent on just that, but was caught by powerful counters, and Raoui cruised to an easy victory
on the cards.” Winter fell to 3-5 (0 KO's).
On December 22, 2007 at
Universal Hall in Mitte, Berlin, Germany, Nadia Raoui (110¾ lbs) won an
eight-round decision over Svetla Taskova (109¼ lbs) of Sofia, Bulgaria,
who fell to 4-22-1 (1 KO).
On May 31, 2008 at Universal
Hall in Mitte, Berlin, Germany, Nadia Raoui (113 lbs) won a
unanimous decision over Fleis Djendji (114¾ lbs) of Kanjiza,
Serbia, who fell to 2-2 (0 KO's).
On August 1, 2008 in Budva,
Montenegro, Nadia Raoui won a second-round TKO over Klaudia Ferenci of
Slovakia, who fell to 1-2.
On September 27, 2008 at
Genesis in Wusterhusen, Germany, Nadia Raoui (112 lbs) won a
fourth-round TKO over Elena Miftode (113 lbs) of Bucharest, Romania in
a scheduled ten-rounder. Miftode fell to 6-11 (3 KO's).
December 20, 2008 at the
Hallenstadion in Oerlikon, Zurich, Switzerland, Eileen
(5′ 3½″, 111
lbs) of New York retained
her WIBA world Flyweight title with a ten-round split (95-95,92-98,96-95)
draw over Nadia Raoui (111¼
was some post-fight
controversy over the widely different scoring by the three judges.
Raoui had been
more aggressive for much of the fight while Olszewski used her boxing
skills to land more precisely. Olszewski moved her record
to 5-2-2 (0 KO's).
On April 4, 2009 at Burg-Waechter
Castello in Düsseldorf, Germany, Nadia Raoui (110 lbs) won a
ten-round unanimous (100-90,97-93,100-91) decision over Maria Rosa
Tabbuso (100 lbs) of Rome, Italy for the Interim WIBA Flyweight title.
started off well in the 1st round, rushing
across the ring and immediately showering Tabbuso with punches with
both hands. Raoui didn’t seem to care about defense as she threw a
blizzard of shots with many of them missing or getting picked off on
the gloves on Tabbuso. It didn’t matter, however, because of the sheer
volume of shots that Raoui was throwing.
In the 2nd round, Raoui once again went right at
Tabbuso from the start of the round, throwing big bombs and trying to
take her out with every punch. During this time, Tabbuso landed a nice
right hand that immediately caused Raoui’s left eye and cheek to start
swelling up. It didn’t slow Raoui down whatsoever, though, because she
was going full throttle with her offense and wasn’t letting up with her
punches one bit.
In the 3rd and 4th rounds, Raoui attacked Tabbuso
often with long sustained flurries, giving her Italian opponent little
rest between her long salvos of big shots. Raoui seemed disinterested
in throwing body punches during this time, focusing most of her
attention on trying to land to the head of Tabbuso. This made Tabbuso’s
job a little easier, because
all she had to do was cover up her head and try to wait out Raoui’s
long flurries. However, many of Raoui’s shots were leaking through
Tabbuso’s defense and snapping her head around. In the 6th round, Raoui
landed a big left hook
near the end of the round, hurting Tabbuso and sending her backwards
towards the ropes. Her mouthpiece was knocked out from the force of the
big shot. Seconds later, Raoui landed another big left hook that seemed
to hurt Tabbuso further. However, luckily for her the round ended
before Raoui could add to the damage. In rounds seven through ten,
Raoui landed often as
she swarmed a tired and beaten Tabbuso, battering her with shots for
the full two minutes of every round. Tabbuso now was only landing
occasionally, spending the rest of the time trying to block the almost
nonstop incoming fire."
Tabbuso fell to 12-4-2 (3
KO's) and has not fought since.
On October 3, 2009 at the
Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria, Nadia Raoui (110½ lbs) won a ten-round
unanimous (100-89,99-90,100-89) decision in a rematch with Fleis
Djendji (111 lbs) of Kanjiza, Serbia for the vacant World
Professional Boxing Organization
Flyweight title. Djendji fell to 8-5 (4 KO's) with her second
loss to Raoui.
24, 2010 at Alster Sporthalle in Hamburg,
Germany, Susi Kentikian
of Hamburg, Germany won a controversial split (96-94, 96-94. 95-96)
decision over Nadia Raoui (110 lbs) for the WBA, WBO and WIBF
Flyweight titles. The fight, which was the Main Event and
shown live on ZDF, was fought at a high pace throughout and
was one of the best women's bouts ever seen in Germany according to
reports received by WBAN. Kentikian
appeared to struggle in many rounds as she was outpunched and
the aggressive Raoui's cleaner and straighter shots, but she landed
enough of her own to persuade two judges to award her a close
decision. The result advanced Kentikian's
record to 27-0 (16 KO's) while Raoui
fell to 11-1-1
KO's). Raoui was in tears after the decision
was announced, saying "I had guessed that I needed to
win twice over, and I did. But even that was not enough".
German featherweight champion Ina Menzer, who was at ringside opined
that "a draw would have
been fair". [Video]
25, 2011 at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, Nadia Raoui (110¼ lbs)
convincingly defeated Evgeniya Zablotskaya (108½ lbs) of
St Petersburg, Russia by a six-round unanimous decision.
Zablotskaya fell to 3-6 (1 KO).
December 2, 2011 at SAP-Arena
in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Nadia Raoui (111 lbs) won an
eight-round unanimous decision oiver Oksana Romanova (110¼ lbs) of
Kiev, Ukraine for the WIBA Flyweight title. Romanova fell to 7-13-1 (2
April 13, 2012 at Lanxess-Arena in Cologne, Germany, Nadia Raoui
retained the WIBA Flyweight title with a unanimous 98-93,98-93,100-90
decision over Eileen Olszewski
York. The tactical fight was closer than the scorecards
but Raoui was more aggressive in this rematch and did enough to secure
the win. Olszewski slipped to
7-4-2 (0 KO's).
September 1, 2012 at Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany,
Raoui (15-1-1, 3 KOs) retained her WIBA Flyweight crown by overcoming
a stiff challenge from Siriporn
Thaweesuk (aka Samson Tor Buamas of Thailand) to win a
ten-round unanimous (96-94,99-92,97-93) decision. Thaweesuk, who was
the WIBA Minimumweight title holder, had jumped two weight classes for
to fight outside South-East Asia for the first time in her career. The
challenger used her reach and a steady jab to press the action for all
ten rounds but she was thwarted by Raoui's speed, mobility and more
practised boxing skills. Thaweesuk fell to 26-3 (11 KO's) while Raoui
improved to 15-1-1 (3 KO's).
On March 23, 2013 at GETEC Arena in
Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, Melissa
McMorrow (110¾ lbs) of San Francisco, California won a hard
fought ten-round split (99-91,96-94,94-96) decision over Nadia Raoui
lbs) defending the WBO and WIBF Flyweight titles, As described
by Ryan Songalia for The Ring: "McMorrow
aggressively as usual, working the midsection of Raoui. Raoui took
advantage of McMorrow's eagerness with counter uppercuts, but was met
by a flush McMorrow right cross to punctuate the first round. McMorrow
found success upstairs at well to the head,
particularly in round four as her Joe Frazier-like bobbing and weaving
opened up opportunities for her overhand right. Raoui, whose lone
previous defeat came via a split decision to Kentikian in 2010, landed
good right hand counters in round five but, without significant power,
they failed to halt the momentum of the incumbent champion. McMorrow
continued to press the action for the remainder of the ten-round
McMorrow, who scarcely took a backward step during the entire fight,
improved her record to 9-3-3 (1 KO) while Raoui fell to 5-2-1 (13 KO's).