Valuev-Liakhovich Undercard, Ragosina, More

Per Ake Persson: Sauerland Event´s undercard to Valuev vs Liakhovich is shaping up very well. Cruiser Alexander Frenkel will face experienced Arthur Williams, young heavy Francesco Pianeta goes for the vacant WBC Youth title against overaged Donnell Wiggins. Australian Kali Meehan squares off against American Jeremy Bates in a scheduled ten-rounder, heavies. Arthur Abraham´s younger brother Alexander faces decent Youkri Chentour, jr middles..

WBA middle champ Felix Sturm will make a voluntary defence of the title April 5 at the Burg Waechter Castello in Duesseldorf. WIBF jr fly queen Julia Sahin will co-headline. No opponents have been announced for the two.

WBA jr middle titleholder Joachim Alcine´s defence against Frenchman Christophe Canclaux could be
on for April 5 in Montreal. Contracts are not signed though and there´s not yet approval from the WBA.

Former WBA jr welter ruler Souleyman M´Baye returns to action in London March 8 on the undercard to Haye vs Maccarinelli. M´Baye fights Dominican Jose Soto. Soto, now based in Spain, tuned up this past weekend with a points win over Romanian Ionut Trandafir.

ABU lightweight king Sam Rukundo, from Uganda but fighting out of Sweden, defends the title March 23 in Esbjerg, Denmark.

Unbeaten heavyweight Carlos Takam, 13-0, will fight Russian Daniel Peret, 10-11, on the next Grand Tornoi show Februari 21 in Paris.

Turk Atagun Yalcinkaya, silver medallist at light flyweight in the Athens Olympics, have turned pro with Arena Box Promotion and will make his debut March 11 in Halle / Saale at bantam. The then 17-year old Yalcinkaya lost in the finals to Cuban Yan Barthelemy, who´s also with Arena but based in the US.

EU jr welter champ Giuseppe Lauri defends the title February 29 in Milano against Brit Peter McDonagh. Lauri´s WBC Int´l belt will not be at stake but will be declared vacant in case of a loss. Gianluca Branco, also at jr welter, appear in an eight-rounder and Odlanier Solis face Croatian spoiler Ivica Pericovic in another eight-rounder.

It´s confirmed: Theresa Perozzi will fight Natascha Ragosina March 15 in Magdeburg. There will be seven belts at stake: WBA, WBC, GBU; WIBF and WIBA that Ragosina already holds, plus IWBF and WIBC. This is believed to be a record of some kind.

Article posted on 11.02.2008

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