Mounir, a 28 year-old B-Boy from the Vagabonds Crew in Montpellier, France was crowned last night as the winner of the Red Bull BC One, the most important B-Boy event in the world. The global series of events arrived in Rio de Janeiro for the conclusion of its global 2012 series and saw 16 of the globe’s leading break-dancers compete for the ultimate B-Boy prize, the title of World Champion.
Mounir saw off stiff competition to take the title, emerging victorious from a field of 16 of the globe’s leading B-Boys. After progressing through his first round battle, Mounir accounted for hometown favorite Klesio in the quarter finals, advancing to take on his compatriot Junior 31, from Lyon in the semi-final. Mounir prevailed in the all-French semi-final and went on to defeat B-Boy Hill from Mexico City in the final to take the title of Red Bull BC One Champion 2012. The reigning champion from 2011, Roxrite of San Diego USA, never hit the heights of last year and was eliminated in the quarter finals by South Korean B-Boy Differ, who was subsequently eliminated by Hill in the 2nd semi-final
2012 has seen Red Bull BC One enjoy its biggest year since its creation in 2004, with over 1,000 B-Boys across the globe competing in 60 country cyphers. Six regional events narrowed down the top competitors in North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Asia Pacific with the first ever Red Bull BC One event also taking place in the Middle East & Africa region.
The winners of these regional events automatically earned the chance to compete in 2012′s final in Rio and take on the reigning champion. These winners, DOMKey (USA), Klesio (Brazil), Lil Zoo (Morocco), Mounir (France), Shorty Force (South Korea) and Slav (Bulgaria) all took part in the round-by-round elimination battle to try and earn the title of the world’s best B-Boy and were joined by 9 other finalists, selected by a panel of international B-Boy experts, Arex (Colombia), Sunni (UK), Vicious Victor (USA), Kid David (USA), Junior (France), ExacT (Russia), Differ (South Korea), Hill (Mexico) & Issei (Japan).