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El-Halabi's Comeback is Set After Near Fatal Shooting

Germany's former boxing world champion Rola El-Halabi is set to fulfil her dream in January to box again, nearly two years after she was gunned down by her stepfather in a vicious attack.

The 27-year-old El-Halabi, who won the women's IBA and IBF lightweight titles in 2009, will climb into the ring on January 13 when she takes on Italy's Lucia Morelli in Ulm for the vacant IBA lightweight title.

But El-Halabi's life was turned upside down on April 1, 2011 when her stepfather and former manager Hicham El-Halabi shot her in her right hand, left knee and both feet in her dressing room before she was due to box in Berlin.

The attack came after she terminated his management contract in January 2011 and he also shot two security guards before being arrested at the stadium.

In November last year, he was jailed for six years by a court in Berlin.

Her injuries left her in a wheelchair for three months, but El-Halabi says her dream is to become a world champion again, but she is happy just to climb into the ring once more.

"The relief is enormous," she told SID, an AFP subsidiary.

"This has been my dream and I wanted to live it again.

"It's like a second birth, I didn't want to say goodbye to this great sport. This is like Christmas, a birthday and Easter all rolled into one."

The Beirut-born boxer, who now lives in Ulm, Bavaria, says she had plenty of motivation to fight again.

"Actually, I have always been motivated to take the hard path, I never had anyone who has done something for me and I am taking this will to win into the fight," she said.

"I always said I will stop boxing at the peak of my career and April 1 was definitely not that.

"I didn't retire then and that has motivated me to keep fighting and always has."

El-Halabi said her fiance has helped her through her tough journey back to full fitness, but she has no plans to stay in contact with her stepfather.

"We have absolutely no contact," she said.

"The last time I saw him was during the trial and I don't intend to establish contact.

"I am just concentrating on myself, he has already been inside for a year.

"How things will be later, I don't know, but it's not something I think about because it's too stressful for me and would cost me too much energy.

"I am just doing my thing and my boxing, he has no place in that."

El-Halabi says a simple five kilometre run, just after she came out of the wheelchair following surgery for her injuries, was part of her inspiration to fight again.

"There were many points on the road back, but from a sporting perspective, a five kilometre run I did in September 2011 was certainly part of it.

"Before that, I had been sat in a wheel chair for three months and I just wanted to get through it.

"I ran in terrible weather, the scars on my body, everything hurt like hell, but I got through it and that was proof for me: I could still bite."

With a world title on the line, El-Halabi says the goal for her second career is to lift her arms in the air after victory in the ring.

"In any case, I want to be a world champion again," she said.

"I have said I want to box internationally in front of 5,000 people in Germany and fill a stadium and my big dream was to box in Ulm again.

"I want to fulfill that dream and then as a winner, I can say, Ok, that was great. That's enough."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Kilrain on 11-08-2012

Six years for shooting three people? What a joke.

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