Three European championships on the line in Zwickau, Germany

13.07.04 - Three European championship bouts will take place on the first of two Universum Box-Promotion Summer 2004 events on Saturday, July 17, at the Stadthalle in Zwickau, Germany. In the main event Thomas Ulrich (26-1, 18 KOs) takes on former WBA world champion Silvio Branco (49-7-2, 30 KOs) in a twelve rounder for the vacant European light heavyweight championship.

„I trained very hard and I hope that I can retrieve the skills that I have in store next Saturday”, Thomas Ulrich said. “I very much respect my opponent. He is a former world champion.”

The EBU 175 lb belt was vacated by Ulrich’s stable mate Stipe Drews who instead will fight a WBC elimination bout this summer. Thomas Ulrich was already European champion from October 2002 to February 2003 until he had to give up the title due to an illness.

Silvio Branco was holding the WBA world title from October 2003 to March 2004. He won the championship laurels from Frenchman Mehdi Samoune by technical knockout in round 11 but was conquered six months later by another Frenchman, dropping a majority decision to Fabrice Tiozzo.

Fighting German opponents Branco’s record stands at 1-1. The Italian knocked out German Jürgen Hartenstein in the opening round two years ago but dropped a 12-round decision to Sven Ottke in 2000.

Also, Michel Trabant (39-1, 18 KOs) challenges champion Frederic Klose (34-4, 7 KOs) in a rematch for the Euro welterweight crown and Sergej Dzindziruk (26-0, 20 KOs) faces Mamadou Thiam (41-3, 38 KOs) for the vacant Euro super welterweight title.

Article posted on 13.07.2004

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