News: Hide vs. Godfrey on March 6th; Shawn Estrada Undergoes Surgery; Kaloki Vs Tissen

“The Dancing Destroyer” will be back at the North Sea on March 6th. Herbie Hide will return to the Kugelbake-Halle in Cuxhaven, Germany, for his WBC Final Eliminator against Matt Godfrey. In his last fight on November 18th, 2008, Hide won an unexpected hard fought unanimous decision over Polish journeyman Lukasz Rusiewicz..

“I was sick at that time and could not show my real power and speed”, says Herbie. “That’s why I am very happy that I can go back to Cuxhaven and show the people there the real “Dancing Destroyer”. I will get rid of Godfrey in style to go on and become cruiserweight champion of the world.”

If Hide is true to his word he could make history in becoming the first former world heavyweight champion to claim the cruiserweight title. The winner of Hide vs. Godfrey is set to face the winner of the WBC title bout between Giacobbe Fragomeni and Krysztof Wlodarczyk (March 27th in Milan).

“Herbie might be world champion by summer”, states promoter Ahmet Öner. “Nobody would have thought that when he first signed with me two years ago. I was the only one who trusted in him. I knew that he still had what it takes to achieve great things. Herbie is special.”

There will be seven fights in Cuxhaven in total. Eurosport will broadcast the show live on March 6th from 9pm on.


Los Angeles, CA (January 19, 2009) – It was recently learned that 2008 US Olympian Shawn Estrada will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder this Wednesday, January 21, 2009 in Los Angeles. Dr. Douglas E. Garland of the Southern California Center for Sports Medicine will perform the surgery for what is described as a decompression of the subacromial space. Dr. Garland expects the operation to be a complete success and that Estrada should be able to resume training within ninety days after the procedure.

Estrada, who was scheduled to fight on January 24 in Minnesota and again on February 6 as the opening bout on Showtime’s ShoBox series at the Tachi Palace, will undergo rehab at Southern California Center for Sports Medicine.

Estrada is scheduled to return to the ring in April 2009. “I've been through a lot in my life in a very short period and this is just another one of life's lessons and obstacles,” stated Shawn. “I know how to deal with it mentally and physically and because of that I will come back stronger than ever. By the time I get back into the ring, I will definitely be ready to wreak havoc again!”

Kaloki Vs Tissen

Kenyan Benedetta Kaloki takes her first shot at a title when she battles Elina Tissen in a ten round GBC Superbantamweight championship on 24th January 2009.

Kaloki who only turned professional in April last year gets an unusual opportunity to make her case at a high level. Already one of the busiest Kenyan boxers, Kaloki has had 3 wins, 3 losses totaling six fights within 10 months.

The former Karate/ kickboxing ace will face the more experienced Tissen (7-2) at Warendorf Nordhein-Westfalen in GErmany over the weekend. This will be Tissen's third title quest. She lost a GBU Superfeatherweight contest to Zambia's Esther Phiri in Lusaka in April 2009 but came back emphatically to win the GBC featherweight belt in a 4th round KO of Elena Dima in June 2009

Article posted on 18.01.2009

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