Euro Boxing Roundup: Marco Huck, Selcuk Aydin, Hoffmann-Botha, More

By Per Ake Persson: Firat Arslan is sidelined with an injury but EBU cruiser champ Marco Huck will still defend the title May 9 in Bamberg and Sauerland Event will announce the challenger within a few days. Also on the bill is Alexander Abraham, who will defend the EE-EU title and cruiser Yoan Pablo Hernandez, who will face American Aaron Williams. Heavyweight Robert Helenius, cruiser Alexander Frenkel and jr middle Frank Shabani are also on the bill..

Turkish welter Selcuk "Mini-Tyson" Aydin is in Las Vegas training for the defence of the WBC Intīl title against Said Ouali April 17. While training the "big" Tyson showed up and shook hands with Aydin.

Itīs official: Francois Botha defends the WBF heavyweight title May 15 in Magdeburg against big German Timo Hoffmann at the Boerdeland Hall with SES promoting.

Wladimir Klitschko vs David Haye will go ahead at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, June 20. The 60 000 seat football (soccer) stadion is the homeground for Schalke 04.

Former cruiser champ Jean Marc Mormeck will move up to heavyweight and is looking for a rematch against David Haye.

The annual Fernand Roelands Memorial May 1 in Bruges, Belgium, is headlined by local welters Erik Nazarian and Bjorn Fiaert.

The tragic case against German trainier and manager Werner Papke is now apparently at an end with a higher court turning down Papkeīs appeal and the original sentence of three and a half years in jail remain. Papke was sentenced for number of offences including rape against underaged boxers.

Italian welter Daniele Petrucci square off against Mexican Jose Luis Cruz May 9 in Rome. Cruz may have seen better days but itīs still a step up in class for Petrucci, 23-0-1.

French middle champ Francois Bastient, 36-6-1, have signed with boxer/promoter Mayhar Monshipour.

Italian veteran Silvio Branco face Hungarian Roland Horvath April 10 in Casoria. The 42-year old ex-world champ was to have challenged Adrian Diaconu on the very same day in Rome but the show was postponed.

Article posted on 06.04.2009

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