Euro Boxing Roundup: Ashira vs Calzaghe?

11.08.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Norwegian Viking Boxing Promotions will have their next show September 17 in Ilsenburg, Germany, in collaboration with SES. VBP bring in superbantam Reidar Walstad and lightheavy Kim Jensen. The SES part is headlined by NBA 160 lb champ Dirk Dzemski..

German cruiser Ruediger May returns to action on the Beyer vs Sheika show September 3 in Berlin and takes on young lion Marco Huck. Sauerland Event have previously announced the end of May´s career and even his brother and trainer Torsten adviced him to retire but Ruediger insist on going through with the existing contract with Sauerland - and gets a very tough comback fight against the promising Huck.

Swedish welter Isam Khalil, 12-0-2, is in full training and might make his US debut September 30 or October 14 on a show in New Jersey.

Mogens Palle, manager, and Mads Larsen, fighter, met a few days ago with the Danish Federation for "peace talks" but no agreement could be reached and the matter now heads to court. Larsen, inactive since beating Danilo Haussler for the EBU title in October 4, 2003, was to have challenged then WBA 168 lb champ Manny Siaca November 12, 04, in Copenhagen but was forced out with an injury. The problems started when Larsen felt the show, a PPV event, should have been postponed. Instead Team Palle replaced Mads with stablemate Mikkel Kessler.

Norwegian jr welter Geir Inge Jorgensen have been forced to pull out of Saturday´s show in Auburn Hills, MI, due to visa problems. I interviewed Geir Inge for a few days ago and he was then back in Norway to attend a friend´s wedding. As he returned to the US - five days before his fight in Auburn Hills - he was stopped at the passport control and denied entrance as he had didn´t have work permission. Jorgensen might now get the chance to get on the Klitscko vs Peter bill in Atlantic City September 24 or fight September 17 in Ilsenburg with Viking Boxing Promotion.

The African Warrior, Evans Ashira, confirms rumors that there are talks between his promoter, Don King Productions, and Sports Network about a possible fight against WBO supermiddle king Joe Calzaghe September 10 in Cardiff. Nothing is signed though.

Belgian bantam Carmelo Ballone have replaced Karim Quibir as mandatory challenger for EBU champ Simone Maludtrottu.

Article posted on 11.08.2005

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