News: Vitaly Tajbert; Ruslan Chagaev; Dietmar Poszwa

The World Boxing Council today is officially appointing Vitaly Tajbert of Germany as the undisputed WBC super featherweight world champion. Tajbert won the WBC interim super featherweight championship by defeating Humberto Gutierrez of Mexico last November 11. Humberto Soto was ordered to meet interim champion Tajbert, but requested the WBCís permission to remain super featherweight champion until he climbed into the ring to fight for the WBC lightweight world championship, which he won last Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas..

Humberto Soto is now the WBC lightweight champion and in strict adherence to the WBC Rules and Regulations, Tajbert becomes the undisputed super featherweight champion of the world. We wish him the best of luck in his career.

Vitali Tajbert declared undisputed WBC-champion!

Vitali Tajbert (19-1, 16 K.o.ís) reached the peak of his career today. The well-respect World Boxing Council (WBC), Mexico, issued an official statement to Universum Box-Promotion to declare Vitali Tajbert, from Stuttgart, Germany, their undisputed world champion at the super featherweight limit of 130 pounds/58.967 kilogram. On November 11, 2009 Tajbert defeated Humberto Gutierrez in Kiel, Germany, to claim the interim-version of the WBC belt. At that time, regular WBC titleholder Humberto Soto was already planning to relinquish his super featherweight belt and challenge for the WBC crown at lightweight

Josť Sulaiman, president of the WBC, wrote: ďReigning champion Humberto Soto was ordered to meet Tajbert but he requested WBC permission to remain as super featherweight champion until he climbed into the ring to fight for the WBC lightweight championship, which he won this past Saturday night at the Cowboys stadium in Dallas, Texas. Soto is now the WBC lightweight champion and in strict adherence to the WBC Rules and Regulations, Vitali Tajbert becomes the undisputed super featherweight champion of the world. We wish Vitali a successful career.

Vitali Tajbert, the last German to win an Olympic boxing medal (bronze in 2004), was presented his WBC certificate today by Universum Managing Director Stefan Braune. Tajbert: ďI am really excited about this. I worked so long to archive my dream. Now it became true. Finally, I am the undisputed champion. I will not need to explain what an interim champion is anymore. I truly thank the WBC and my promoter. I want to be a good world champion who delivers exciting fights. My next title defense might happen in May.Ē

Coach Magomed Schaburow said: ďI am very happy for Vitali. He truly deserves this recognition. We have been working together since 1999; this is a dream-come-true for me as well. Sadly, the real hard work will start just now.Ē

Bootcamp Video: Ruslan Chagaev working hard for Kali Meehan!

former WBA Heavyweight Champion Ruslan Chagaev (25-1, 17 Kos) is looking forward to his upcoming WBA eliminator fight against Australian top ranked contender Kali Meehan (35-3, 29 KOs).

The boxing career of 31 year old Chagaev has been kind of a roller coaster. He holds a win over "Russian Giant" Nicolay Valuev and in his last fight he lost 10 months ago against WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in front of a 60.000 crowd at Veltins Arena auf Schalke.

Now he is back in action with the WBA eliminator bout against "Checkmate" Meehan on May 22 in Germany. Follow the link to see a video of Ruslan Chagaev and see how hard he is working for his big dream: to become again the WBA heavyweight champion of the world!

Interview Dietmar Poszwa

Universum is awaiting a spectacular fight in Las Vegas. What do you expect and how do you feel about the trip to Las Vegas?

Universum ĄViceď Dietmar Poszwa: ĄBeing in Las Vegas is always something special. Itís not an everyday situation that you will present the headlining fight on HBO especially with such an incredible fighter. Marcos Rene Maidana is currently one of the most interesting and attractive fighters in the boxing business. He has an amazing punching power in both of his hands. His fighting style is very aggressive and highly attractive and he has already impressed the boxing fans in Europe and he will from now on also in America. Thatís why the fight against Ortiz was one of the top fights in 2009.ď

How is the collaboration between Universum, Oscar de la Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions?

ĄItís excellent. Oscar is not only a great guy, he has a fantastic team behind him and itís a lot of fun working together with them. Both sides have agreed that in the future we will continue our work in a more intense way but I wonít tell what we are planning.ď

What can you expect of the battle Maidana vs. Cayo?

ĄIt will be a classical bout between a fighter and a puncher. Cayo is for sure a very dangerous and unbeaten contender. I believe that Cayo will be able to have the fight on an even level over the first rounds due to his technique and his speed. But Iím sure that the longer the fight will take Maidana will take over because of his power and fitness. By the halftime of the fight Maidana should have earned an advantage in order to finish it with a knockout. Maidana is known for spectacular fights, he scores knockouts. Thatís what the fans want to see from him, thatís what the expect. For a fighter on the same level like Maidana it is highly important how to win the fight and how to impress the crowd. Thatís why Iím hoping for a knockout!ď

Which are the developments Maidana has gained over the past fights?

ĄHe has developed from a fight to the next one and he has gained a lot of experience. This is not easy especially for him because in the past he mainly had finished the fights early. It was very important for him to get the chance and have fights which will go over the whole distance. Additionally he has improved on his skills and he had fought against stronger opponents and had the energy and power to defeat them. He has reached this high international level but Iím sure Marcos hasnít accomplished his full potential yet so he will continue to cause a stir within this weight class in the future.ď

Marcos is a spectacular fighter inside the ring, how is he doing outside the ring?

ĄHe is a very friendly and decent guy with a great character. An absolute family person. He a likeable in his appearance and he is 100% focussed on his sport. Marcos is a very ambitious and determined and thatís what I like about him.ď

It was highly discussed, a fight against Amir Khan. When will we see the fight Maidana vs. Khan?

ĄAt the moment we focus 100% on the fight against Cayo. Itís important for him to establish himself as a HBO headlining fighter. Everything else can be discussed after a hopefully successful Saturday night.ď

Maidana vs. Cayo and Guzman vs. Funeka are presented by Golden Boy Promotions with Maidana vs. Cayo being presented in association with Universum Box Promotions, Warriors Boxing Promotions and Sampson Boxing and Funeka vs. Guzman being presented in association with Gary Shaw Productions and Cedric Kushnerís Gotham Boxing. The world championship doubleheader will air live on HBOís Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:30pm ET (taped delayed on the West Coast at 10:30 PM PT). Doors open at 3:00 PM with the first bell ringing at 3:30 PM.

Tickets, priced at $200, $100 and $50 with a limited number of $250 VIP and $40 standing room tickets also available, go on sale on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 10 AM PT, and may be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at or by calling 800-745-3000.

Article posted on 18.03.2010

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