Euro Boxing Roundup: Maccarinelli vs Frenkel; Felix Sturm; Holyfield vs Nielsen?
By Per Ake Persson: EBU cruiser champ Enzo Maccarinelli will defend the title against mandatory challenger Alexander Frenkel but when and where is still not announced. The fight went to purse bids today in Rome with Sauerland Event handing in the sole and thus winning bid while Frank Warren Promotions informed the EBU that an agreement had been reached. As for now the EBU will recognize the purse bid as an agreement needs the signature of both parties..
Team Palle and WBC supermiddle champ Mikkel Kessler have settled their differences out of court and Palle has dropped the two lawsutis against Kessler and also the one in the US against Showtime. No details of the settlement have been revealed.
The comeback of Danish heavy Brian Nielsen is now officially on and Ekstrabladet writes that the 45-year old Nielsen will fight Evander Holyfield November 27. Nielsen, 64-2, retired in 02. He has now had surgery to fix his sore knees and looked in good shape ringside in Herning last month - Evander Holyfield of course also looks the part and always has. But, and itīs a big part, both are at least a decade from their last good performance.
WBA superchamp Felix Sturm and Universum are now in court in Germany. Sturmīs claims - just like Khoren Gevor did - that heīs free to go according to the BGB 627 (the German civil rights legislation). Universum on their side claims to have options on Sturm. Khoren Gevor won his case but later settled with Universum and is now back which leaves the Sturm vs Universum an open case.
Danish heavy Claus Bertino have pulled out as mandatory challenger for the vacant EU title. Finlandīs Robert Helenius who is the co-challenger is now likely to face Frenchman Gregory Tony.