Euro Boxing Roundup: Sam avoids Vidoz rematch, more

By Per Ake Persson: Newly crowned EBU heavy champ Sinan Samil Sam has relinquished the title rather than go through with the rematch against Italian Paolo Vidoz. It will now be Vidoz vs Brit Matt Skelton for the vacant title with September 8 at noon as deadline for purse bids or agreement..

EBU cruiser champ Jean Marc Monrose makes a voluntary defence against Marco Huck in Germany September 20. A likely site for this fight is Bielefeld.

IBF middleweight king, Arthur Abrahamīs next fight, a mandatory defence against Raul Marquez, will if an agreement can be reached or if Sauerland Event wins purse bids go ahead October 4.

Mikkel Kesslerīs mandatory defence of the WBA supermiddleweight title against Danilo Haussler will take place on either of the above mentioned shows.

The champ comes home: WBA ruler Andreas Kotelnik fights for the first time as a pro at home in Lviv, Ukraine, September 13 when he defends the title against Japanese Norio Kimura.

While October 10 (in Maribor, Slovenia) is the working date for Jackson Osei Bonsuīs defence of the EBU title against Jan Zaveck the championīs team disagree with the date and wants to have the fight in September. The reason is that Jackson is very close to a WBC eliminator or a world title shot of some kind. The Lotto Arena in Antwerp is booked for November 11 but if there will be a fight with "Sugar" Jackson remains to be seen.

Danish supermiddle Rudy Markussen, inactive since losing to Sergey Tatevosyan in 2006, is having talks with Sauerland Event about a comeback.

Article posted on 28.07.2008

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