European Boxing News: Sturm, Castillejo, Branco, Veit and More

27.03.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Universum´s big show in Oberhausen will all in all feature six title fights. On top reinstalled WBA middleweight boxing champ Javier Castillejo defends against Felix Sturm, at light heavyweight WBA ruler Silvio Branco will face Stipe Drews and WIBF feather queen Ina Menzer fights Maria Andrea Miranda. Outside of that WBC Int´l cruiser titlist Rudolf Kraj, WBO I/C jr welterweight king Willy Blain, supermiddleweights Lukas Wilaschek and Mario Veit are also on the bill.

Union Box Team in Donetsk, Ukraine, promotes at a big boxing show April 17. Super middleweight Stas Kashtanov face unknown Lithuanian Mantas Tarvyadas in a defence of the WBC Youth title. WBO I/C feather champ Stas Merdov fight Daniel Kodjo Sassou from Togo but fighting out of France and lightweight Andrei Kudriavtsev take on Andrey Devyataykin in a EE-EU titlefight. Unbeaten welter Vyacheslav Senchenko square off against Vladimir Khodokovsky, also in a EE-EU bout.

French bantamweight David Guerault probably reached the end of the line last night in Madrid with an upset stoppage loss to Venezuelan Edinso Torres. Guerault won the EBU flyweight boxing title back in 97 and have belonged to the best in Europe at 112 and 118 since then. Last year he was signed to Sports Network. Against Torres things to be going well going into the sixth when he was hurt and floored and he didn´t really recover and was stopped in the eighth and final round. In the main event, Pablo Navascues beat Miguel Angel Pena on a split decision to win the vacant Spanish jr middleweight title. Welter prospect Amaro Dialo beat Domingos Nascimento over eight.

Belgian heavy Oleg Platov join Michel Trabant on the undercard to Valuev vs Chagaev April 14 in Stuttgart.

Swedish heavy Aldo Colliander will step in for Johan Thorbjornsson and take on German Werner Kreiskott on Saturday in Gothenburg.

EuroBoxe put on a big boxing show in Liege, Belgium, May 5, with supermiddles Michel Henrotin and comebacking Lansana Diallo in separate bouts on top. Also on the bill are newly crowned EBU female lightweight boxing champ Nathalie Toro, Belgian middle ruler Jamel Bakhi as well as the likes of Alexandre Polizzi, Rachid Mokhtari and Geoffrey Batello.

Florida-based Swede Ismael Koné could be on his way back again and might fight in Stockholm May 19 on Innuendo´s mixed martial arts (MMA)/ proboxing event.

Article posted on 27.03.2007

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