Euro Boxing News: Castillejo-Navascues, Botha-Hoffmann

By Per Ake Persson: Spanish alltime great Javier Castillejo, 40, comes back April 4 in the big indoor bullfighting arena in Leganes against compatriot Pablo Navascues. Castillejo, 62-8-0-1 and world champ at both jr middle and middle, comes off a bad ko loss to Sebastian Sylvester last year and is at the crossroads of a long and glorious career that began back in 88..

Newly crowned WBF heavyweight champion of the world Francois Botha will face the German Oak, Timo Hoffmann May 15 in Magdeburg.

IBF I/C jr welter ruler Sergey Fedchenko headlines K 2 East´s next show, billed as "Golden Boxing II", April 22 in Kharkiv. Opponent is most likely Spaniard Hector Moreira. Cruiser Vitaly Rusal, lightweight Valentin Golovko and jr welter Artem Ayvazidi are also on the bill.

Italian veteran Gianluca Branco has relinquished the EBU jr welter title and will move up to welter. It will be Brits Paul McCloskey, reigning British champ, and Jr Whitter that clash for the vacant crown.

Cyrill Thomas, Jerome Thomas, Philippe Frenois and Guillaume Frenois, all family, fight on the same show May 14 in France at a site to be announced. Guillaume face Spaniard Jesus Garcia Simon, for the WBC Mediterranean jr light title.

French jr middle Cedric Vitu, 24-1, headlines EuroProm´s show April 4 in Rosny-sur-Seine, and face Austrian Gojko Knezevic for the vacant WBC Mediterranean title.

Polish heavy Mariusz Wach headlines Ochikara Gmitruk´s show April 24. Site is to be determined.

Karim Guerfi, reigning French bantam champ, fight Philipino Nino Magboo for the IBF Youth title June 12 in Dudelange, Luxembourg.

French welter Franck Harroche Horta, fresh off a points loss against Leonardu Bundu in Italy in a EU title fight March 13, returns quickly and take on Romaric Hignard April 4 in Villeurbanne.

Article posted on 30.03.2009

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