European Boxing News: Kessler Begins Training Today for Calzaghe Bout; Hide Challenges EU Champ Fragomeni
21.08.07 - By Per-Åke Persson: WBA and WBC supermiddle boxing champ Mikkel Kessler began the training today at the CIK Gym in Copenhagen with six rounds of sparring with stablemate Lolenga Mock. Kessler will now do the heavy physical preparations in his new home in Monaco and then return to Copenhagen for sparring September 17. Herbie Hide, down to cruiser and based in Hamburg with Arena Box Promotion, is the official challenger for EU champ Giacobbe Fragomeni.
Cruisers Dirk Mandelarz and Max Gusset clash for the GBC bauble August 25 in Aachen on a Pound4Pound Promotion.
The most beat up man at ringside in Berlin Saturday night at the Abraham vs Gevor show was not any of fighters but Belgian promoter Alain Vanackere, who explained it was the result of a car accident a few weeks earlier. Alain´s EuroBoxe Promotion stage their first show of the season in Soumagne with supermiddle Michel Henrotin and heavies Geoffrey Batello and Richel Hersisia on the bill. In regards of heavyweight Oleg Platov, who is managed by Vanackere, he is in the line to fight for the vacant EE-EU title against Russian Denis Bakhtov.
WBA, WBC and GBU female bantam champ Anita Christensen will defend the titles against Gabriela Garino September 14 in Horsens. Female jr welter Vinni Skovgaard is also on for the bill that is headlined by Johny Jensen vs Louis Del Valle in a WBA I/C titlefight at cruiser.
Bantams Karim Quibir and Eugen Sorin Tanasie clash for the vacant EU title September 28 in Valencia, Spain.