Asikainen vs Gevor For The Vacant European Middleweight Title

By Miika Forsström: European Boxing Union (EBU) has named Armenian Khoren Gevor as the co-challenger for the vacant European middleweight title. Gevor will face the official challenger, "Idi" Amin Asikainen of Finland, in the European title fight. European champion Sebastian Sylvester relinquished the title in order to fight the WBA World champion Felix Sturm. Contracts of the fight must be signed by September 4 or EBU will hold a purse bid..

boxing- We will try to get the title fight to Finland. It won´t be easy, but I believe that it is possible, said Asikainen´s manager Pekka Mäki.

Amin Asikainen is ranked as middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik´s number five challenger by the respected Ring magazine. Asikainen is rated #6 by the IBF, #11 by the WBA, #12 by the WBO and #17 by the WBO. Khoren Gevor is rated #7 by the IBF, #16 by the WBO, #10 by the WBA and WBO.

Before the European title fight Asikainen will fight a tune-up fight in Tampere, Finland, on August 30. Asikainen has been inactive since February, when he stopped the former IBF super welterweight champion Luis Ramon Campas in Helsinki. Asikainen suffered a thumb injury in that fight before stopping the tough Mexican veteran in round 7. Asikainen´s opponent for the fight in Tampere is yet to be announced.

Khoren Gevor was stopped by the IBF champion Arthur Abraham in August 2007. After his unsuccessful world title challenge Gever has won two fights.

- Gevor is one of the best middleweights in the world, but I have a strong belief that Asikainen will be able to beat him, added Mäki.


Article posted on 22.07.2008

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