New Foe For Amin Asikainen

Miika Forsström: Finnish middleweight contender "Idi" Amin Asikainen (24-1, 16 KOs) takes on Roberto De Oliveira de Jesus of Brazil (13-2, 6 KOs) August 30 in Tampere, Finland. It is a tune-up fight for Asikainen, who later this year fights for the vacant European middleweight title against Khoren Gevor. Originally Asikainen was scheduled to take on Claudio Ariel Abalos, who had to pull out of the fight because of visa problems. Asikainen versus De Oliveira de Jesus is scheduled for 8 rounds..

Asikainen, 32, is rated #6 by the IBF, #11 by the WBA, #12 by the WBO and #17 by the WBC. Asikainen, 32, is ranked as middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik's number four challenger by the respected Ring magazine.

On the undercard rising Russian prospect Denis "Djingis Khan" Shafikov (15-0, 8 KOs) faces Slovakian puncher Andrzej Sarkin (14-4, 13 KOs) in a super lightweight bout. Shafikov is a 23-year-old very talented boxer from Miass, Russia. Shafikov could very well be a world class prospect. He has good skills, speed and power. Slovakian Sark is limited, but dangerous. Sark has 13 KOs in 14 wins and he has never been stopped. At the same weight talanted 21-year-old Edis Tatli (4-0) of Finland tangles with more experienced Idiozan Matos (16-5, 8 KOs) of Brazil.

Also in action are heavyweights Sami "The Bull" Elovaara (18-3, 11 KOs), Juho Haapoja (5-2-1, 3 KOs), Jarno Rosberg (2-0) and super lightweight debutant Jussi Koivula. Elovaara and Haapoja are scheduled to fight for the vacant Finnish heavyweight title later this year. In Tampere they both have pretty soft opponents as Elovaara takes on Remigijus Ziausys (6-14, 4 KOs) and Haapoja faces Jevgenijs Stamburskis (4-15, 1 KO).

Article posted on 25.08.2008

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