Stéphane Hadjeras, story boxer

When researcher Stéphane Hadjeras, former president and coach of the athletic Besançon Ring, talks about boxing, his eyes light up. A passion inherited from a pugilist uncle that the kid, born forty-seven years ago in the towers of the popular district of Les Clairs-Soleils, admired. “I started practicing the noble art when I was a teenager”, he recounts. A period of his life that he describes, with a smile, as “Tumultuous”.

The dreamy child, calm, overflowing with imagination, comic lover, in the moon, some teachers said, turns into a rebellious teenager after the separation of his parents of Algerian origin. “My mother found herself alone with five children to raise”, he confides modestly.

This family situation then confronted him with realities “Which should not be that of a 10 year old child”. “I realized that life was neither sweet nor easy. I even tasted petty crime. I could have rocked, but I loved sports and especially boxing. It saved me by teaching me discipline, tenacity. The routine of training several times a week away from the neighborhood gave me a framework… ”

Meeting with the professor of letters Anne-Lise Carrière

A meeting also played a fundamental role in his journey. The one with Anne-Lise Carrière: “This professor of letters gave me a taste for literature, for words, he confides. When I defended my thesis, I would have liked her to be present, to tell her the fundamental role she played in my life. Thanks to her, I started to believe in myself and in other horizons. When you come from working-class neighborhoods, it’s not easy because tomorrow seems so far away. We burn life there at both ends between friends. We let ourselves be caught by demons. “

Stéphane Hadjeras recognizes that he could have taken a shorter path to reach where he is today, while explaining that this path, he did not know it. “I had this desire to transmit within me. What I did with boxing and history when I became a graduate coach oféstate and teacher in a vocational school. But in terms of research, it took me longer to get started. I was a dad at 22. It was necessary to ensure the daily. “

It is also thanks to his children that he will return to boxing, once an adult: “I accompanied them to the club, he recounts. Little by little, the desire to put on the gloves returned. Year after year, I got involved in the life of the club. “ To the point of passing his coaching diplomas and taking on more and more responsibilities until becoming president of the athletic Besançon Ring, a club from which champions like Khedafi Djelkhir, silver medalist at the Beijing Olympics, have emerged. in 2008. The club is also very involved in the life of the neighborhood.

Devotes himself to research on Georges Carpentier

However, he abandoned this exciting function in 2018 to devote himself to his research on Georges Carpentier … The subject was brought to his attention by his thesis director, Paul Dietschy, a football historian. “I knew Georges Carpentier, but I was far from suspecting that he had been so popular in his time”, until incarnating the figure of national hero at the beginning of the XXe century. The boxer has yet disappeared from collective memory despite his exceptional career. “He started a professional career at age 14, four years later, he had more than 80 fights. By comparison, a boxer like the American Floyd Mayweather was in his 40s at the end of his career, at age 40. “

This unimaginable record today leads Stéphane Hadjeras to suggest that boxing is one of the few sports that has regressed physically and technically. “And for good reason, at the time of Georges Carpentier, the golden age of English boxing in France, the fights were more numerous, more trying. They also lasted much longer, twenty rounds against ten today, the gloves were much lighter, the bandages harder … In the ring, a boxer had to avoid a knockout. Boxing’s flagship rule, touch without being touched, made sense at the time. Those who lasted, like Georges Carpentier, excelled in the art of dodging, ultimately taking less risk than contemporary boxers. “

Passionate about its subject, Stéphane Hadjeras brought it to the attention of the general public through a book (1).


His inspiration. Ernest Hemingway, a writer who took risks

A sentence from Ernest Hemingway feeds Stéphane Hadjeras’s reflection: “We have to get used to it: at the most important crossroads in our lives, there are no signs. ““He’s a writer I discovered when I was a teenager, he recounts. I find it fascinating. His style of writing “punch”. His reading of human relationships. His life made up of actions and commitments. Agitation, as he said. His love of danger and extreme sports. Boxing. His hymn to virility. Its dark side, its bon vivant side. All this fascinates and inspires me on a daily basis. He is one of those writers that I love to read and reread, because they wet the jersey, to use a sporting metaphor, they got involved and took risks. “



Rally-raid: Stéphane Peterhansel winner of a mourning Dakar

► A Dakar 2021 mourning the death of amateur biker Pierre Cherpin

French amateur driver Pierre Cherpin, who suffered from a head trauma after a fall during the seventh stage of the Dakar, died during his transfer to France, the organizer of the rally-raid announced on Friday.

It was during his transfer by medical plane between Jeddah and France that »This 52-year-old entrepreneur« died of injuries resulting from a fall during the 7e Ha’il – Sakaka stage, January 10 “, According to a press release.

For Pierre Cherpin, this was his fourth participation in the Dakar (2009, 2012, 2015 and 2021). After his fall, ” helpers dispatched to the scene by helicopter had joined him while he was unconscious. Taken to Sakaka hospital, his medical check-up showed severe head trauma with loss of consciousness “, According to the press release.

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Urgently operated in neurosurgery, he had since been kept in an artificial coma, his condition having remained stable for the last few days. He had been transported by medical plane from Sakaka to Jedda hospital, then to France, where he was to join Lille hospital », Specifies the organizer.

Dan comments reported in the press release, Pierre Cherpin claimed ” amateur “. ” I’m not going to win but to discover landscapes that I would never have had the opportunity to see. Everything is exhilarating, riding a racing bike, living your passion, getting to know yourself », He confided.

► Thirty years after his first success, Stéphane “M. Dakar” Peterhansel still triumphs

The French Stéphane Peterhansel (Mini) won Friday at Jeddah his 14e Dakar, thirty years after its first success. At 55, the one who is nicknamed “Mr. Dakar” so much he dominates the event, won the 2021 edition organized in Saudi Arabia among cars, his 8the victory in this category to which are added six motorcycle coronations.

Peterhansel is ahead in the final standings Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota) by 15 minutes, and Spaniard Carlos Sainz, his teammate at Mini. At the time of his first victory, Peterhansel was 25 years old, was riding a motorcycle under the colors of Yamaha and did not yet suspect that his destiny would be forever linked to a competition born thirteen years earlier, in the head of a certain Thierry Sabine: the Dakar.

Winner in 1991, he was again in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1998. Six titles on two wheels, the record remains unmatched on “ the hardest race in the world “. He raced his first Paris-Dakar in a car in 1999, with Nissan. The victory in the most famous rally-raid in cars came in 2004 with Mitsubishi. He renewed the performance in 2005 in 2007. Before writing history with new victories in 2012 and 2013 (on Mini), then 2016 and 2017 with Peugeot. And 2021 therefore, again with Mini.

► In motorcycles, a big first for Kevin Benavides

Argentina’s Kevin Benavides (Honda) won the Dakar 2021 for bikers, at the end of the 12e stage between Yanbu and Djedda, won by the American Ricky Brabec (Honda), winner of the event in 2020.

In the general classification, Benavides (32) is 4 minutes 56 ahead of Brabec and more than a quarter of an hour over Briton Sam Sunderland (KTM), who sank in the last stage. Thursday, at the end of the 11e stage, everything was still possible, the first three (Benavides, Sunderland and Brabec) being held in less than ten minutes.

By winning the eleventh and penultimate stage on Thursday, Sunderland had nevertheless managed a good operation in the general classification, the 31-year-old driver, of which it is the 8e participation in the Dakar, having taken advantage of the misadventures of the Honda riders: failed refueling and gasoline failure for Joan Barreda, followed by a retirement, and navigation error for Brabec.

But the last stage was fatal in Sunderland: Benavides, meanwhile, finished 2e of this last act, 2 minutes 17 from Brabec, and in front of the Austrian Matthias Walkner (KTM), 3e at 4 minutes 13.