During an incredibly hot night in Rio de Janeiro, 16 of the world’s best b-boys squared off round-by-round to take home the prestigious title of Red Bull BC One World Champion. In the end, it was 28-year-year-old Frenchman Mounir who won the top spot, impressing the judges with his arsenal of moves.
“It's my third time here," said the newly minted Red Bull BC One champ. "I had a crazy start. I did the whole trip. I won the cypher, I won the qualifier, I came here to win.”
Mounir defeated the U.S. finalist DOMkey in the opening round before taking out Brazil's Klesio in the quarter finals, fellow countryman Junior in the semis and South Korea's brilliant Differ (pictured above hugging Mounir) in the action-packed final. To reach the final, Differ had defeated 2011 Red Bull BC One champ Roxrite in the semis.
“He came all out, and that's why he won," said judge and 2010 Red Bull BC One champion Neguin about Mounir. "He was so confident about himself and that's the key. If you are confident, you just go on stage and you do your best.”
This victory caps off a hugely successful 2012 for Mounir. Mounir won the Red Bull BC One Western European Cypher summer qualifiers and last month took home the Battle Of The Year Championships with his Vagabond Crew in Montpellier, France.
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