Undefeated Kotelnik offers challenge to Gatti

26.07.04 - Undefeated Ukrainian jr. welterweight contender Andreas Kotelnik, 23-0 (10), would like to take WBC champion Arturo Gatti litteraly who announced “I’ll fight anybody at 140 right now” after his impressive stoppage victory over Leonard Dorin this weekend.

“Arturo Gatti is a legend but I’m ready and willing to go to war with him right away. I would give him all he could handle”, the rising and confident 26-year-old Ukrainian said. “I noticed that he fought two undefeated Europeans in his last two fights [Gianluca Branco/Italy, Leonard Dorin/Rumania]. I welcome Gatti to continue this strategy with me, another undefeated fighter from the European continent.”

Andreas Kotelnik is promoted by Hamburg’s Universum Box-Promotion and is holding the WBA international 140 lb belt since January 2003. After defending this title successfully for the third time on June 22 against tough French contender Gabriel Mapouka the European subsidiary of the World Boxing Association appointed Kotelnik as Boxer of the Month. The 2000 Olympic silver medal winner is currently listed at #5 in the WBA world rankings.

The three world champions at 140 pound are Arturo Gatti (WBC), Vivian Harris (WBA) and Sharmba Mitchell (IBF). Super champion of WBC, WBA and IBF is Kostya Tszyu.

Kotelnik said, he respects all current reigning champions at jr. welterweight.

"Every world champion in my weight class is currently strong. I feel ready for a title shot. I fight anybody who my management selects me as opponent."

Kotelnik has been highlighting two recent events of German promoter Spotlight Boxing. His fights are being broadcast live and all over Europe on Eurosport TV.

Article posted on 26.07.2004

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