Euro Roundup: Johnny Nelson, Jovo Pudar, Klose, more...

18.08.05 - By Per Ake Persson: WBO cruiser champ Johnny Nelsonīs defence against Italian Vincenzo Cantatore goes to purse bids - again - August 23. The WBO have set the minimum bid to 150 000 USD. The first purse bids were won by Cantatoreīs then promoter OPI 2000. They were however forced to postpone the bout and then Cantatoreīs contract expired. Heīs now signed to Loreni Boxe..

Norwegian Thomas Hansvoll has announced his retirement reports Hansvoll, who last fought at cruiser almost two years ago before attempting to move up to heavy began his career as a supermiddle and challenged then WBA 175 lb champ Bruno Girard in 2002. Hansvoll sites lack of motivation as reason for retirement - but itīs not the first time Thomas has retired so if thereīs a good offer on the table chances are probably good heīll be back.

Frenchman Frederik Klose is the new mandatory challenger for EBU welter champ Oktay Urkal. Urkal defends against Russian Maxim Nesterenko September 3 in Berlin in a voluntary defence.

Serbian heavy Jovo Pudar will now make his Euro debut end of October in Belgrade. Pudar was originally set to debut in June in Helsinki but it fell through due to lack of sponsors.

Retired jr middle Tonton Semakala have began a career as a trainer for his old amateur club in Tensta, Sweden. Tonton went 15-0 in a career that for various reasons never really took off. A bad back injury earlier this year then forced the 30-year old Semakala to retire.

Boxteam Vienna put on a combined proboxing / martial arts show in St Valentin August 20. Romanian lightweight Vasile Dragomir takes on Czech Pavel Nemecek in the headliner.

Article posted on 18.08.2005

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