Undefeated cruiserweight contenders battle in Prague

01.12.04 - Hamburg/Prague - Two undefeated European cruiserweight contenders clash on Friday, Dec. 3, in Prague, Czech Republik. The top ranked Pavel Melkomian, 17-0 (7), of the Universum boxing stable defends his WBA international 190 lb. crown against hard punching home boy Lubos Suda, 8-0 (7)..

Confusingly Lubos Suda is holding the WBA international interim title in the same weight class and defended it twice while in the same period Melkomian defended his full title once as well. That’s why it was about time that those two 190 lb Euro competitors met for this European version of a unification championship.

“Pavel is in a very good constitution. He’s fresh and relaxed”, team member and physio therapist Mathias Böhme said. “In contrast to previous fights he’s not that strained. We played Billard yesterday evening in Prague and Pavel was pretty well balanced.”

“We expect strong opposition from Suda”, coach Magomed Shaburow said. “But Pavel is more variable. He can throw punches with both hands and is the more mobile fighter. We’re confident that we return home with a victory.”

The fight at the Kongress Hall of Hotel Hilton in Prague will be the second defense of the WBA int. champion from Moscow. The Hamburg based Armenian won the intercontinental title on April 26, 2003, with a technical decision after round 5 in a brutal battle against Krzysztof Wlodarczyk from Poland and defended it on May 18, 2004, with an 8th round technical knockout against Gábor Halász from Hungary.

24-year-old Pavel Melkomian is currently ranked WBC #5, WBA #11 and WBO #10.

The official weigh-in for this event of OK-KO Promotion will be on Thursday, Dec. 2, 16:00 at the Hilton.

Article posted on 01.12.2004

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