European Boxing News: Dimitrenko, Halmich, Hill, Irkin, Arslan, Kessler, Akinwande and Others!

By Per-Åke Persson: Universum´s show November 24 in Dresden feature as previously announced WBO lightheavy champ Zsolt Erdei. In the co-headliners World Boxing Association interim cruiser ruler Firat Arslan will finally face champion in recess, Virgil Hill and Wold Boxing Council Int´l supermiddle titleholder Denis Inkin defends against Argentinian Martin Abel Bruer.

Ukrainian heavy Vladimir Virchis have relinquished the EBU title. Stablemate and fellow-Ukrainian Aleksander Dimitrenko remain as mandatory challenger. Dimitrenko face German veteran Timo Hoffmann November 17 in Magdeburg - a fight that is for now "only" for the World Boxing Organization I/C title.

Unbeaten jr light Vitaly Tajbert takes on Russian Peter Petrov on the undercard to Sturm vs Griffin in Halle / Westfalen. Also on the bill are heavies Sebastian Koenig and Dieter Roth as well as middleweight Sebastian Zbik.

Finnish heavy Sami Elovaara is sidelined with a shoulder injury for his planned fight in Helsinki October 22. Replacing him is Sauerland Event´s prospect Francesco Pianeta. Opponent is one Tawadh Amim.

The undercard to Jean Marc Mormeck vs David Haye November 10 in Paris feature the return of ex-WBA jr welter champ Souleyman M´Baye, who will take on Brit Ted Bami.

Loreni Boxe in Italy have a busier than usual weekend coming up: on October 12 Nuvolera national jr welter titlist Brunet Zamora defends against Emanuele De Prophetis. On the undercard welter Emanule Della Rosa, reigning WBC Meditarranean champ, makes his debut for Loreni Boxe. On October 13 in Bellano Loreni Boxe promote a pro/am bill in Bellamo with welter Luca Marasco headlining.

Two weeks after ticket sales began for WIBF flyweight queen Regina Halmich´s farewell bout November 30 at the dm arena in Karlsruhe all 6500 tickets are gone. Universum have however added an extra balcony and now 800 more seats are available. EBU lightheavy champ Thomas Ulrich´s defence against Yuri Barashian have been moved to this show after previously been scheduled for Dresden a week earlier.

EU welter ruler Antonio Lauri defends against Daniel Petrucci November 24 in Rome with Buccione Boxing promoting.

Henry Akinwande finally have a co-challenger for the vacant EU heavyweight title: Young German Rene Dettweiler have accepted the position.

Italian middle Gaetano Nespro face Brazilian Idiozan Matos October 19 in Pompei for the IBF Int´l title.

Danish news agency Ritzau reports that Mikkel Kessler is back in full training after almost a week partly out of it due to a cold. Kessler sparred today four rounds with Brian Magee, who arrived in Copenhagen last Monday.

Article posted on 08.10.2007

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