Kotai Defends WBF Title Dec. 18

10.25.04 - After spending the last two years crossing the globe, appearing in Britsh, German, Dutch, Puerto Rican and American rings, WBF ‘world’ superwelterweight champion Mihaly Kotai, 30-1 (15 KO’s), seems to have discovered the comfort of fighting at home. For the second time in succession, the Hungarian stays home to defend his WBF crown once more in his countries’ capital of Budapest on December 18.

“This will be his fifth title defence of the year, and most important one to date,” admits manager Olaf Schroeder. “Promoter Krzysztof Zbarski recognized that Mihaly’s performances this year warrant some kind of bigger fight now and I am sure he will deliver. We are all very happy with Mihaly’s progress and thanks must go to trainer Laszlo Veres, who obviously does a fine job.”


Obviously subscribing to the saying ‘He who rests rusts’, Dutch heavyweight Richel Hersisia, 22-1 (17 KO’s), steps back into the ring on November 6 in Amsterdam, Holland, just three weeks after successfully coming back from his first career loss to Audley Harrison, which cost the 30-year-old his WBF crown. Not that is much of a surprise though, because Hersisia’s win (KO 1) in Germany over Viktor Juhasz on October 16 was as undemanding as it was over in quick time.

He should have it harder in his first home-country appearance since 18 months, when he faces durable 28-year-old Belarussian Sergei Dychkov, 13-8 (5), at the Amsterdam Velodrome. Dychkov was a pretty decent amateur, winning the silver medal at heavyweight in ’98 European championships, but so far as a professional fell short of expectations. However, only twice he fell to last the distance; once in an early-career bout in the USA and then this year against former EBU champion Sinan Samil Sam, when his corner withdrew him in the third round.

Taking advantage of the Benelux Boxing Union’s rule on cases where no challenger within their jurisdiction can be found, Hersisia will be gunning for his fifth professional title in this scheduled 10-rounder for the vacant Benelux championship. Should the favoured Dutchman emerge victorious, he will become his country’s first Benelux heavyweight champion since 1988 (John Emmen). Hersisia still holds both the Dutch and Netherlands Kingdom titles and is a former WBF ‘world’ and WBA Central American (thanks to being a native of Curacao) champion.


Fresh off a sparring stint with Italian Vinzenzo Rossitto, Berlin southpaw cruiserweight Marco Heinichen, 31, hopes to cash in on his good form when boxing Latvian Aleksandre Borhovs, 2-5 (1), over 4 rounds on Friday, October 29 in his hometown. Heinichen’s record dropped to 7-10 (5) last time out, when he conceded a controversial 6-round decision against local rival René Hübner, so is definitely in need of a win to put himself into the frame for bigger paydays.

Article posted on 24.10.2004

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