Euro Boxing Roundup: Klitschko/Maskaev, Samil Sam, Kessler-Andrade Undercard

14.03.07 - By Per Ake Persson: German media, quoting Russian and American sources, writes that Oleg Maskaev vs combacking ex-champ Vitali Klitschko is almost on with #1 challenger Samuel Peter receiving a substantial step aside fee. However, when and where remains open as WBO king Shannon Briggs´ defence against Sultan Ibragimov "stole" the planned June 2 date in Moscow.

Arena Box Promotion have switched both date and town for their show in Turkey. It will now take place June 9 in Ankara - it was previously set for June 23 - being moved from June 16 - in Istanbul. Heavies Sinan Samil Sam and Juan Carlos Gomez headline..

Librado Andrade arrived today - March 14 - in Copenhagen for final preparations for the showdown against WBC and WBA "super" champ Mikkel Kessler March 24 in Copenhagen

Although they still don´t have permission from the government´s Martial Arts Delegation New Sweden Boxing Promotion today announced their planned March 31 show in Gothenburg. In the headliner female middle Aasa Sandell will fight American Dakota Stone for an obscure title called WBE over six two minute rounds - and, yes they bill it as a "world" titlefight. The sole other confirmed fight on the show is an all Swedish matchup at feather between Richard Lundby and Karl Larsson-Jone. As previously reported the remainder of the show will feature local heroes, Mikael Lindblad, Johan Thorbjornsson, Giovanni Alvarez, Giulian Ilie, Benjamin Kalinovic and Daniel Hartwig against a team of fighters from the GBA in Germany.

Palm Promotions have announced the almost complete undercard program to Kessler vs Andrade March 24 in Copenhagen. The show opener, Lolenga Mock´s defence of the EU 168 lb title against Belgian Djamel Selini, is also the chief support. Opponent for Kessler´s chief sparring, ex-world title challenger Sakio Bika, have yet to be announced. Comebacking welter Thomas Damgaard takes on Belgian Jean Louis Bryla, who comes in fresh off an upset win over Frenchman Mustapha Bouzid. Highly ranked jr middle Reda Zam Zam face Venezuelan Carlos Donquiz. Heavyweight Claus Bertino is in against Portugese Umberto Evora.

EMA Telstar, a very big, if not the biggest, event and concert promoter in Sweden and Scandinavia will enter professional boxing and have their show first planned for September 21 in Stockholm. They have for now four shows planned for 07-08. Handling boxing affairs is Patrick Wheeler, who during the 90´s were involved in Star Fights that had the then up an coming Paolo Roberto under their wings. Wheeler have since remained in boxing and promoted a number of successful amateur shows.

WBA female fly champ, Susianna "Killer Queen" Kentikian defends the title against Uruguyan Maria Jose Nunez Anchorena March 30 in Cologne in the second of Spotlight Boxing´s promotion at the Fight Night Arena, televised by Pro Sieben. Newly crowned WBO I/C middleweight ruler Sebastian Zbik face Wilson Rafael Sosa Pintos in a scheduled eight-rounder. At heavyweight Gbenga Oloukun square off against dangerous Russian Alexander Varakin. Jr light Vitali Tajbert and hardpunching heavy Sebastian Kober make up the rest of the show.

Yuri Romanov´s defence of the EBU 135 lb title against Bulgarian Tontcho Tontchev will now go ahead April 28 in Minsk, Belorussia.

Article posted on 15.03.2007

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