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Ex-world kickboxing champion Dridi shot dead

MONTPELLIER: Former world kickboxing champion Mohamed Dridi, who once described how the sport had saved him from a life of crime, has been shot dead, prosecutors in Montpellier said on Monday.

The 48-year-old, nicknamed  Momo the turbulent  during his career which ended in 2011, was discovered by his son in an apartment in Palavas-les-Flots, six km south of Montpellier, the Midi Libre newspaper reported.

Prosecutors in the southern French city confirmed that a murder enquiry had been opened into the death of former Franco-Tunisian boxer.

In his 2004 autobiography, entitled  Momo the turbulent – from thuggery to the jet-set , Dridi described how he had “figured in the Top 10 of organised crime” but had been “saved” by boxing.

During his career he was a four-time world champion — winning all his 77 bouts including 76 by KO.

Dridi also pursued an acting career and had several roles in television series.

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